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State issues title deeds to resettle squatters

The government has embarked on the process of issuing over 12,000 title deeds to residents of Taita Taveta County as part of resolving the challenges of landlessness in the region.

The exercise took place at Dan Mwazo social hall in Voi with 2,500 title deeds issued to landless residents.

While presiding over the event, Taita Taveta County Commissioner Loyford Kibaara, said it was important for everyone to have a title deed for their registered pieces of lands.

“We have two thousand five hundred title deeds ready to be issued to the residents,” the county commissioner said.

Kibaara urged the land owners not to sell their lands to cater for their short term needs but to instead utilize it for their betterment.

He further urged the residents to inform those who had not to collected their title deeds to do so from land offices.

Ms Anna Mjomba, a beneficiary from Gimba, said she was grateful to the government for the title deed. She added that she was now confident enough to call herself a land owner.

“I have waited for years to get this title deed. The government heard our cries and came to help us,” she said.

The 2,500 title deeds slotted for Voi sub-county will benefit squatters in Mabomani Phase 1 and 2, Sofia Bona, Mwangea B and Ndara A.

Mr Thomas Bosire, lands’ adjudication officer in the county, said that more title deeds were set to be issued to thousands of squatters in Mwatate and Taveta sub-counties. Taveta sub-county is set to receive 7,000 title deeds while Mwatate sub-county will get 3,000 title deeds.

He added that the exercise would go a long way in easing the squatters’ problem in the region.

By Jenta Mwake

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