The Ministry of Land and planning together with the National Land Commission have revoked 70 title deeds that were fraudulently acquired in Kwale County, Coast Regional Commissioner John Elung’ata has revealed.
This follows a regional audit chaired by Elung’ata that showed some parcels of land had exchanged hands fraudulently while others had been illegally allocated.
Addressing Maji ya Chumvi residents in Kinango, Kwale County Elung’ata said the land committee which was carrying out land adjudication in the area had also illegally allocated themselves land and urged them to surrender their title deeds immediately.
Elung’ata wondered how a resident who used to own 15,000 acres before has now been allocated two acres of land by the local land committee.
The Coast Commissioner said the title deeds which have no queries will be issued to the residents in two weeks’ time.
Elung’ata said the government through the Ministry of Land and planning is creating a database on settlement schemes in the Coast region to address the historical injustices that created an entire class of squatters and legal instruments to prevent the squatters from disposing off at least part of the land they receive.
On her part, Kwale County Land and Planning Executive Saumu Baya said Maji Ya Chumvi Location was declared a land adjudication scheme in 2014 where the government authorised the demarcation of the land to the residents.
Ms Baya said Kwale County spent 6 million to carry out the exercise of adjudication in Maji Ya Chumvi Location.
Saumu noted the government issued a 60-day period for anyone with any complaints about the process to raise it and nobody did until the titles were prepared.
3,000 residents had been living on the edge after a battle with private investor emerged claiming their land.
The residents lauded the government move to address their land historical injustice.
The resident who spoke urged the government to speed up the exercise saying there has been tension with their neighbors from Samburu Location who have colluded with land cartels by invading their land and selling it to private developers.