Why Uhuru’s initiative to issue Eastlands residents with title deeds has hit a stone wall

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An initiative by President Uhuru Kenyatta to have 100,000 title deeds issued to residents of Eastlands by end of 2018 has hit a stone wall.

The Star has reported that by end of last week, only 623 title deeds had been issued, almost a year after the President’s announcement.

Last year in May, President Kenyatta speaking in Jacaranda announced that he had issued 50,000 title deeds with a promise to make it 100,000 titles by December the same year.

Appearing before the assembly’s Urban Planning and Lands committee, county director of survey Cecilia Wangari admitted the process had faced obstacles in implementation due to legal problems and political interference.

President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto issue title deeds to Nairobi residents at Jacaranda Grounds, Embakasi East, Wednesday May 30, 2018. /PSCU

Wangari said the county government has shown the desire to complete its part, noting that only little help was coming from the national government. “ The county was only supposed to issue 30,000 and the rest be done by the Ministry of Lands.

So far we have issued 623 but we have another 27,000 that are awaiting signing in order to be released to the owners,” she said.

Lands and Urban Planning executive Charles Kerich said there was a misconception regarding the number of title deeds that were to be provided by the county government.

The 100,000 title deeds target was the collective target for both City Hall and the Ministry of Lands, he said.

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City Hall was handling 30,000 titles while 70,000 were being handled by the Lands ministry.

“ When you talk about 50,000 title deeds, it was a collective target from the county as well as the ministry of lands.We brought our numbers, Permanent Secretary for Lands Nicholas Muraguri brought other numbers as well and we had an wholesome target,” Kerich said.

He said that 50,000 was a realistic target that could be achieved.

Kerich said the notion that somebody misled the President or gave wrong figures should be removed.


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