Coast county governors are a happy lot after their push to have residents have title deeds bore fruits. The governors are said to have petitioned Uhuru Kenyatta over the issue.
Those behind the push are governor Granton Samboja (Taita Taveta),Salim Muruvya (Kwale), Ali Hassan Joho (Mombasa) and Amason Kingi (Kilifi). The ministry of Lands is in the final stages of issuing thousands of title deeds in the Coast region. Lands chief administrative secretary Gideon Mung’aro said that already, over 30,000 titles are ready for issuance to squatters in counties of Kilifi, Kwale, Mombasa and Taita Taveta. He said the process to produce more titles was ongoing to ensure that the squatters’ menace at the Coast was eliminated.
Mung’aro said the president had directed the ministry after governors push to fast track and finalize issues of land at the Coast which for decades has remained unresolved and was being used by politicians to whip up emotions during elections. The CAS made the remarks when he made courtesy calls on Kilifi, Kwale and Taita Taveta county commissioners. In Kilifi, Mung’aro said 8,000 titles had already been delivered at the local land registrar’s office and the issuance was only hampered by Covid-19 protocols which prohibit gatherings.
He said 19,000 more titles will be delivered in Kilifi in the next few weeks. The county has the highest number of squatters in the region. The CAS is from the county and residents of Mtwapa, Malindi, Watamu and other areas are looking up to him to provide titles. In Taita Taveta, Mung’aro said two settlement schemes whose adjudication was carried out in 1969 and 1972 but whose titling stalled after 80pc work had been done would be finalised before end of the year.
In Kwale, the CAS said titles for the various parcels and settlement schemes were near completion while in Mombasa, he said over 3,000 titles were ready. Talking to the media afterwards, Mung’aro said his visits to the three Coastal counties were aimed at getting first-hand information on the progress of ongoing adjudication processes on the ground and to ensure the exercise was fast-tracked.