County Government revokes land irregularly allotted to individuals

The Kisumu county government has revoked land allegedly allotted irregularly to individuals and private developers by the defunct Municipal Council.

The revocation recommended by a task force formed by Kisumu Governor, Prof. Anyang Nyong’o in October last year also affects private leases and allocation of county government houses.

The County Executive Member (CEC) in charge of Lands, Dixon Obungu said the plots affected are in block 9 and Mamboleo.

For efficient land rate management and verification of ownership records, Obungu asked the proprietors of land in Kanyakwar A, Kanyakwar B, Mamboleo, Kibos, Nyalenda and South Kajulu to submit their title deeds and original land rates payment receipts within 21 days.

The CEC further asked tenants of county government houses who have constructed extensions and other structures within their compounds to demolish them before the lapse of the 21 days notice.

Individuals who have encroached and constructed on public land in Kanyakwar, Mamboleo, Kibos, Nyalenda and Kajulu South have also been notified to pull down the structures.

Obungu who was speaking to the media in the lakeside town said the county government will take stern action against those who fail to comply with the notice.

The task force was formed to look into irregular allocation of land in the county following complaints of multiple allocations.

Dr. Kennedy Hongo, a member of the task force said the process of identifying ownership of the land will be fair.

The process of acquiring public land is very clear. We are aware there are those who short-circuited the process that’s why we want to regularise it, he said.

Dr. Hongo said the taskforce was reviewing past reports, records and individual accounts to establish if the process was flawed.

This is not just happening within the municipality area but we are looking at all the 2, 043 hectares that is Kisumu County, he said.

Source: Kenya News Agency