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Bungoma residents awarded title deeds

Defense Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa issued tittle deeds to scores of Bungoma residents across the nine sub counties.

He disclosed that since 2013, the government has issued more than six million title deeds and “today we are happy that several people from Bungoma County who have lived for more than 60 years without the title deeds are able to receive theirs too,” he said.

He added that Bungoma County alone has been able to process 69,000 title deeds since 2013.

Many families in Bungoma had raised issues concerning land ranging from land tittle deeds to land succession and several cases have been put across by the residents concerning title deeds ownership.

Bungoma County Commissioner Samuel Kimiti said that he has received several cases from the residents concerning land issues.

“Out of every five cases brought to me by the residents, three of them concern land and this shows that land issues are unending,” Kimiti said adding that most of the domestic violence stems from land issues.

Kimiti said that three to four generations lacked land tittle deeds and said that there was need for civic education on land succession after the issuance of land title deeds to enable them to understand the importance of succession.

He urged the residents to use surveyors employed by the government or private surveyors registered under the government adding the people should pass through the Land Control Board to show land transactions.

Kimiti added that transactions done under Special Land Control Board is illegal unless there is a written letter to the County Commissioner which concerns special family issues adding that Chiefs should not be part of any land agreement issues.

CS Wamalwa further urged the residents to maintain and promote peace as we head towards the August polls adding that peace is the most crucial part for the development of a nation.

By Mwangi Oliver and Anne Wekesa

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