Land survey launched in drive to issue 800 with title deeds

A survey of land in Faza launched to ensure residents are issued with title deeds.

Friday March 11 2016

President Uhuru Kenyatta issues a title deed to a resident of Mkunumbi, Lamu West Sub-County on January 7, 2016. A survey of land in Faza Village, Lamu East Sub-County, has been launched in a move aimed at ensuring that more than 800 residents are issued with title deeds. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

President Uhuru Kenyatta issues a title deed to a resident of Mkunumbi, Lamu West Sub-County on January 7, 2016. A survey of land in Faza Village, Lamu East Sub-County, has been launched in a move aimed at ensuring that more than 800 residents are issued with title deeds. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP  

By KALUME KAZUNGU
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A survey of land in Faza Village, Lamu East Sub-County, has been launched in a move aimed at ensuring that residents are issued with title deeds.

More than 800 residents of Faza Town will receive the crucial documents at the end of the survey.

On Thursday, Deputy Governor Eric Mugo told the Nation on phone that the county government intends to conduct surveys in over 10 villages in Lamu East and West sub-counties.

Over 20,000 landowners in the whole of the county who do not have titles for their property are set to benefit from the programme.

Mr Mugo said the county government will spend more than Sh50 million on the drive.

Areas being targeted for the survey include Mokowe Town, Tchundwa Town, Siyu Village, Vumbe, Kisuke and Hindi Phase II Settlement Scheme.

Areas where surveys are going on include Ras Kitau, Faza Town, Kiongwe Town and Swahili settlement schemes.

Mr Mugo said for many years, many Lamu residents were locked in land-related conflict, adding that the county will ensure the disputes are resolved.

“We are doing all we can to address land issues, including landlessness and lack of title deeds. We started the survey of the Ras Kitau Settlement Scheme last week.

“The survey of Faza Village began this week. We expect such issues to have been addressed at the end of the surveys,” said Mr Mugo.

“People need title deeds to develop their land and improve their lives,” he added.

RESETTLING SQUATTERS

He said the county government is also working towards resettling squatters in the devolved unit.

Recently, the county government issued 900 title deeds to residents of Kizingitini in Lamu East, and 850 titles to Mkunumbi residents in Lamu West.

In January, President Uhuru Kenyatta toured Lamu and issued a total of 4,073 title deeds to residents of 10 villages in Lamu West and East sub-counties.

At the same time, Lamu Woman Representative Shakila Abdalla has asked the regional government to speed up the resettlement and compensation of all the people whose land was acquired for the construction of the county headquarters at Mokowe.

The county government promised to offer alternative land and additional monetary compensation to the more than 20 landowners affected by the head office project before July.

Over 50 acres were acquired by the county government in Mokowe in 2013 for the project.

“Many affected landowners are suffering since they have no place to settle. The county government has delayed in tackling the matter,” said Ms Abdalla.

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