Barons, ranch­ers blamed for de­lay in set­tling land is­sues

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Coast -

Well-con­nected and un­scrupu­lous land barons and ranch­ers are to blame for de­lays in solv­ing land prob­lems, the Lamu county gov­ern­ment has said. Sec­re­tary Siyat Ous­man on Mon­day said de­spite vig­or­ous ef­forts by the county, pri­vate de­vel­op­ers and ranch­ers de­rail the process, as they have a “stran­gle­hold” on land is­sues. Ous­man said de­spite Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta’s di­rec­tive last year can­celling the is­sued ti­tle deeds in Lamu, the land is­sue is still marred by spec­u­la­tion and anx­i­ety. “There is a group of in­di­vid­u­als at the Lands reg­istry who col­lude with pri­vate de­vel­op­ers to al­ter records in their favour,” he said.

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