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Relief as Murang’a residents get title deeds

The National Government has kicked off a two-day exercise to issue title deeds to more than 1, 000 residents drawn across all the nine sub counties of Murang’a County.

The land ownership document has been termed a big step towards development of land in the county.

For a long period of time, residents have been decrying challenges they face as they try to get title deeds from the local land registry.

Speaking when he launched the exercise of issuing the title deeds at Kimorori grounds in Murang’a south, Transport CS James Macharia said some residents have suffered untold miseries as they tried to get the land ownership documents.

He praised the Jubilee government for giving out more than six million title deeds since it assumed power in 2013.

“The number of title deeds which have been processed and issued by the Jubilee government are more than those which were issued by previous governments since independence,” he observed.

Macharia noted that giving of title deeds was one of the promises of the Jubilee party before it assumed power saying the promise has been fulfilled by President Uhuru Kenyatta’s administration.

He said the issuance of the title deeds has been going on and hoped the next government will continue to give people the land ownership document in efforts to eliminate wrangles associated with land.

Land value in the county, the CS added, will go up and enable the beneficiaries to source loans from banks and develop their parcels.

Macharia further observed that the issuance of title deeds is being done across the country saying the president is determined to conclude the exercise before he leaves office.

“The work of the government is to ensure cartels who have been frustrating issuance of title deeds are removed and streamlining the process of giving the documents,” added the CS.

On Thursday the title deeds were issued for four sub counties including Kandara, Gatanga, Murang’a south and Ithanga, while today residents of Kangema, Mathioya, Kahuro and Murang’a East sub counties will get their land ownership documents.

Central Regional Commissioner Esther Maina on her part said land related issues have partly contributed to persistent domestic wrangles in the area.

Maina urged residents to support the government and ensure they elect leaders who are determined to tackle challenges facing the common mwananchi.

By Bernard Munyao

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