At least 300 markets in Kisumu will receive title deeds following a joint initiative between the County Government and the Ministry of Lands
Under a program dubbed wizara mashinani the national government through the state department has already made plans to establish land clinics within the county in efforts to end land wrangles.
Speaking in Kisumu, lands Cabinet Administrative Secretary Gideon Mung’aro expressed concern over the large number of uncollected titles; he promised to engage the county government in issuing out the deeds.
According to Mung’aro the government was in the process of reviewing fraudulently obtained land and soon they would be handed over to their rightful owners. He called for immediate standardization of records to clean up the land’s registry.
The lack of land titles is a big blow to investor confidence and drastic measures are needed to reverse the trend said Kisumu Deputy Governor Dr. Mathew Owili.
“We already have a task force currently preparing a report on land reforms; their findings will be handed over to the governor in fourteen days time. Despite having the required space for the establishment of a special economic zone the lack of proper documentation on the parcel was slowing down efforts to operationalize it”added the Deputy Governor.
Dr. Owili was confident that the government’s renewed interest on land matters would go a long a way in ending conflicts especially around the border areas.
By Collins Owuor