The national government has released 14,868 title deeds to owners in Kitui County in the last one month, making a monthly record of the title deeds issued to locals in recent past years.
The Lands Ministry have been working with Kitui county government especially in delivering the title deeds to their respective owners at their door step.
The 14,868 title deeds were issued in three sub counties of the Kitui. They includes 4,862 issued to land owners at Kenze location in Kitui East Sub County, 1,866 issued to squatters at Nzalae area in Mwingi Wast Sub County and 8,500 to land owners at Muumoni ward ni Muumoni Sub County.
Kitui County governor Charity Ngilu while handing over the title deeds to their respective owners at Kaste Market in Muumoni Sub County today, lamented that for nearly six decades since Kenya’s Independence, residents of Muumoni Ward in Mwingi North have remained without land rights due to lack of title deeds.
The governor appreciated government for the releasing the title deeds, noting that locals were now a happy and relieved lot after the Lands Ministry issued them with the crucial documents.
Governor Charity Ngilu regretted that unscrupulous politicians had been using the title deeds to dupe area voters into electing them only to renege on their promise to fight for their land rights once they were elected.
She thanked President Uhuru Kenyatta and his administration for the cooperation they accorded her government in implementing the area’s land adjudication.
“It is such a pleasure to fulfill the promise I made to you in 2019. Today every land owner will receive their title deed in line with President Kenyatta’s plan to legally settle every Kenyan citizen,” she told the gathering.
Ngilu also took the opportunity to drum up support for the Azimio presidential candidate Raila Odinga’s quest for the country’s top job in the forthcoming general election.
“Being out of government has cost the Kamba community greatly in terms of development because we lack the power to bargain for increased resources, better services and more opportunities for our people. That’s why we have to make a conscious decision to be part and parcel of the next government which will be formed by Raila,” she appealed.
The residents thanked both levels of government for coming to their aid and making them the rightful owners of their ancestral land.
“It’s such a huge relief after many decades of wait. I can now walk into a bank hall with my title deed and secure a business loan or bail out my child if arrested,” remarked Jackline Kalunge.