Murang'a Residents Stare at Eviction as Unknown Individuals Show up With Title Deeds

Samples of title deeds
Samples of approved title deeds shared by the Ministry of Lands on October 2021.
Ministry of Lands

Residents of Kakuzi ward, Murang'a County on Monday called upon the Ministry of Lands to intervene as they risk losing their land to unknown individuals.

During a meeting with local leaders, the residents revealed that they were in the process of receiving title deeds after former President Uhuru Kenyatta's intervention. This led to the being of land being renamed Kenyatta farm.

"Why would they come to grab land from such elderly women?" one of the residents questioned.

They argued that some were yet to receive their titles but some individuals driving expensive vehicles showed up with similar titles claiming ownership of the land.

Alice Wahome
Lands CS Alice Wahome before the National Assembly’s Departmental Committee on Land, February 22.
Ministry of Lands

According to some of the victims, the said undisclosed Kenyans were even claiming ownership of land occupied by several schools and other institutions in the area. They revealed that a local school had been assigned to an unknown woman.

One of the victims narrated that a woman came to his house with a title deed. Another resident revealed that she was forced to demolish her two-bedroom house after numerous visits from yet another unknown individual with a title deed.

"They used to come to my house every day with crude weapons and a title deed," she added.

The residents urged Lands Cabinet Secretary Alice Wahome to resolve the misunderstanding to avoid vulnerable Kenyans from being evicted. They also demanded answers on how the other individuals acquired title deeds for the pieces of land.

Notably, during Uhuru's tenure, the Jubilee administration issued thousands of title deeds to Kenyans across the country who did not have the right documentation to avoid massive evictions.

Over the past years, land grabbing has been on the rise with some suspects going to the extent of occupying public land owned by the government and set aside for different development projects.

In March, Thika East MP Alice Ng'ang'a raised alarm over several attempts by land grabbers to forcefully acquire a prime piece of land belonging to the Ministry of Public Works.

The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) in June began the process of recovering grabbed public land worth over Ksh1.2 billion.

A photo of the EACC headquarters, at Integrity House in Nairobi.
A photo of the EACC headquarters, at Integrity House in Nairobi.
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