200 plots grabbed in Meru, Tharaka-Nithi

Lands CS called on residents to expose grabbers of public land.

Wednesday March 9 2016

Grace Kaliuntu Mariti (right) receives her title deed from Lands Cabinet Secretary Jacob Kaimenyi at Maua Stadium on March 8, 2016. The Lands CS said that more than 200 parcels of public land have been grabbed in Meru and Tharaka-Nithi counties alone. PHOTO | PHOEBE OKALL |

Grace Kaliuntu Mariti (right) receives her title deed from Lands Cabinet Secretary Jacob Kaimenyi at Maua Stadium on March 8, 2016. The Lands CS said that more than 200 parcels of public land have been grabbed in Meru and Tharaka-Nithi counties alone. PHOTO | PHOEBE OKALL | NATION MEDIA GROUP

By KENNEDY KIMANTHI
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More than 200 parcels of public land have been grabbed in Meru and Tharaka-Nithi counties, Cabinet Secretary Jacob Kaimenyi has said.

The Lands CS called on residents to expose grabbers of public land for legal action to be taken against them.

“Tycoons have been conspiring with some land officers to grab these plots. We will soon take action against them,” said Prof Kaimenyi.

Prof Kaimenyi said the grabbed parcels of land cover about 450,000 acres

He spoke at Maua Stadium, where he issued 70,000 title deeds on Tuesday.

The minister urged residents to cooperate with his ministry to ease the processing of more titles deeds.

He said 155,000 titles had already been issued in Meru County and that 200,000 more will be given by September.

MERU LAND DISUTES

He regretted that the Meru is one of the most litigious communities in land disputes.

Parties involved in rows take each other to court over what Prof Kaimenyi says can be solved through arbitration.

“There are over 200,000 complaints regarding land matters in Meru alone, some of which can be solved outside the court.

How long do you think it will take to resolve them? We have to seek alternative methods of addressing them,” said Prof Kaimenyi.

He advised residents to adopt alternative methods of resolving land disputes.

“You can form local committees but they should not comprise many people to avoid disagreements. The committees should be dissolved after serving their purposes,” he said.

The CS, who was accompanied by National Land Commission Vice-Chairperson Abigael Mbagaya and some senior ministry officials, said his ministry is committed to working with county governments to help Kenyans acquire title deeds.

Meru Deputy Governor Raphael Muriungi called on the ministry to give the county priority due to the large number of people who do not have the vital documents.

Prof Kaimenyi will on Wednesday issue title deeds at Chuka and Kathwana in Tharaka-Nithi County.

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