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Marakwet elders demand for title deeds

Elders from Marakwet East Sub County want clear demarcation of land in the region and title deeds to be issued to the community to avoid constant conflicts which always lead to loss of lives and destruction of property.

The elders led by James Kimisio said the community cannot live on communal land forever because of the increasing population. More than 50,000 people still live on community land in Elgeyo Marakwet and the land is held in trust by the county government.

The elders are urging the government to hasten the process of surveying the land and come up with title deeds for the community.

Kimisio said that currently there is no clear demarcation of boundaries or documentation to prove ownership of land which is a continuous source of conflict.

He added that communities from Elgeyo Marakwet should also benefit from the countrywide issuance of title deed programmes by the President.

He reiterated that with the involvement of the youth, the conflict is likely to escalate and said the matter should be quickly resolved.

“These young individuals do not understand the concept of communal land and thus they want a very clear demarcation and proof of ownership of land which has been a constant headache to parents,” Kimisio said.

Dr Ahmed Omar, Elgeyo Marakwet County Commissioner said they are working with the elders and other stakeholders to make sure that the land conflicts are resolved.

He said that title deeds will be issued where possible after surveys and processes of government have taken place.

Omar added that, people have lost their lives because of the land conflicts and warned the community from engaging in any further clan conflict or be ready to face the law.

By Rennish Okong’o

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