Ministry of Lands on Thursday issued 4,188 title deeds to residents of Masongaleni and Kinyambu settlement schemes in Makueni County.
Lands Principal Secretary Nicholas Muraguri said this was part of the ongoing government’s programme to give title deeds to millions of Kenyans across the country free of charge.
Muraguri said the Jubilee government had surpassed the target of three million title deeds pledged in 2013 and reiterated the government’s commitment in solving the land ownership problems.
The issuance of the title deeds is a land mark process by the government to landowners who have stayed for many years without the vital documents, he said.
The PS who spoke at Masongaleni urged the residents not to dispose off their lands after acquiring the title deeds but use the documents to obtain loans from financial institutions to improve their lives.
The land value has increased due to the title deeds but be wary of land brokers who would want to exploit the opportunity and buy the land at throw away prices, said PS Muraguri.
He said the ministry will next Monday issue 10,000 titles deeds to residents of Konza ranch in Makueni and Machakos counties.
The PS added that the government was in the process of preparing title deeds for Nguu ranch and Kiboko A, B and C settlements schemes in Makueni.
We will expedite the process and soon the residents will get the titles, he said.
Muraguri said more than 60,000 titles have not been collected at the lands registrar offices in Makueni and urged the owners to collect them.
He added that the lands ministry will roll out an outreach programme to give out title deeds to the residents.
Collection of the documents is expensive for many residents but we shall work together with the county leadership and relevant stakeholders to deliver the title deeds, said the PS.
He disclosed that the government has initiated a settlement programme for squatters in coast and the eastern region.
The problem of squatters is mostly persistent in the two regions and we plan to solve it, said PS Muraguri.
The PS was accompanied by Health CS Cleopha Mailu and former Kibwezi MP Philip Kaloki who lauded the Jubilee government for giving out the title deeds.
Residents who have waited for more than 40 years for the title deeds could not hide their joy and applauded the government for the initiative.
It’s a dream come true for me after so many promises from previous regimes, said an elated Grace Kyunguti.
Source: Kenya News Agency