NAIROBI Kenyan Cabinet Secretary (Minister) for Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Jacob Kaimenyi, has warned those who have grabbed or encroached on public land to vacate and surrender the land immediately or face unspecified consequences.

Title deeds which might have been issued to people occupying such land must be revoked forthwith to pave the way for enforcement of the necessary legal procedures to revert them to public use, he said when visiting Kathwana and Marimanti towns in Tharaka Nithi County over the weekend.

The Minister, who was in the central Kenya county to present title deeds to thousands of land owners, said the time for grabbers to occupy the State land was up and those in the habit of doing so must learn to live with this reality.

He revealed that in Tharaka Nithi County alone, one hundred such parcels of public utility land, some of them next to government offices, had been grabbed. He described the practice of grabbing public land as unacceptable and an act of impunity on the part of the perceived well-connected persons.

Kaimenyi, who was accompanied by high-ranking officials of his Ministry and the National Land Commission, announced that at least 13 land registries country-wide had already been digitalized to streamline land transactions.

“Several others, including one for Tharaka Nithi-County, are slotted for a similar facelift during the second phase of the digitalization process,” he said.

Source: KBC