The Buuri West Deputy County Commissioner (DCC), Asha Kiiva has urged squatters in Timau area in Meru County to support an ongoing land adjudication process.
Speaking to the media in Timau town on Friday, Kiiva said the exercise was being carried out by national and county government officials to allow for issuing title deeds to the identified beneficiaries.
The DCC said some of the people complaining of being left out were not genuine residents of Timau, saying they were out to take advantage of the ongoing demarcation process to acquire land illegally and benefit from the rich agricultural potential in the area.
However, Kiiva assured residents that government officials entrusted with the task of identifying genuine squatters will follow laid down legal procedures to deliver credible results.
She reiterated that adequate measures had been put in place to mitigate against any form of collusion likely to deny genuine residents the opportunity to obtain title deeds for the parcel of lands they have occupied over the years.
The DCC dismissed claims made by a section of residents that some dwellers in Timau town were trying to compromise government officials working in the area to have some of the beneficiaries left out of the final list.
Kiiva said the government machinery was on high alert to deal with any dishonest individuals who may want to corrupt government officials to compromise the ongoing land ownership documentation process.
She assured members of the public that all government officials were working collectively to ensure deserving residents were issued with title deeds in line with the President’s commitment to have the titling exercise concluded by 2022.
By Makaa Margaret