9th MAY 2016 – The Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development will set up camp in Nakuru to provide technical support to the County Government of Nakuru lands department with the intention of finding lasting solutions to land matters in the County.
According to the Principal Secretary in the Lands Ministry Mariamu El Maawy who paid the Nakuru County deputy governor a courtesy call Monday said, land matters in the country need to be resolved before the next general elections to avoid tension and conflict.
She noted that the ministry will now work closely with the National Land Commission, the Parliamentary Committee on Lands and the land department in counties to bring a closure to all pending land issues and cases.
‘We have noted with concern that information getting to the local mwananchi regarding land issues are sometimes contradicting because we have not synchronized our working relationships across the board. There is need to harmonize our services because all of us want to serve Kenyans effectively. This unity in working will also simplify the process of closure because we shall be able to identify the thematic areas to be worked on,’ said the PS.
The PS also mentioned that the ministry will deploy 15 teams of officers to be dedicated to different counties who are going to work with the locals in registration of different lands.
Multiple identification of titles and forgeries are the key thematic areas the teams will also address while working with the county officers in, Mariamu added.
Deputy governor Joseph Ruto reiterated the need to address land matters in the county with urgency. He noted the many pending land issues in Nakuru including the Mau caveats, Ruyobei, Oljorai, Banita and Barina farms among others might be a source of conflict.
‘If we work together we shall solve these issues before the next elections. This will ease the tension that land issues bring especially during campaign times and we all know its sensitivity,’ Ruto said.
The deputy governor also called on the ministry of lands to be fair in issuance of title deeds to people saying that all communities should feel involved and satisfied with the process.
The PS later led her team including County Government of Nakuru officials to Molo to issues title deeds to residents.
Others leaders present were MPs Jacob Macharia – Molo, Kimani Ngunjiri – Bahati, John Kihagi – Naivasha, MCAs among other county officers.