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14 of 22 Lamu land grabbing firms not registered: Report

01 August 2014, 17:34 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - 14 of 22 firms mentioned by the government as having grabbed land in Lamu are not registered as companies in Kenya, according to reports.

The revelation follows a directive by president Uhuru Kenyatta to have title deeds of farms owned by 22 companies that were allegedly grabbed revoked.

And in a quick move Friday, Lands Cabinet Secretary Charity Ngilu suspended registry activities at the Coast for ten days to allow an audit.

And officials at the registrar of lands confirmed that a quick survey had found that most of the companies mentioned in the report were not registered.

" 14 of the companies in the list are not even registered in the country as we speak, an official not authorized to speak told News24.

Ngilu had earlier Friday said that there was no other way around dealing with the issue other than an audit.

" We have to close the registry and do an audit because we have reason to believe there are a lot of issues there, she said.

The 22 companies named by the president are Brick Investment Ltd, Rusken International, Mat International, Witu Nyangoro, Witu Self-help, Shanghai Investments, Fincorp Investments, Kaab Investments,Sheila Ranch, Dynamic Training, Savanah Fresh Fruits Exports, Mokowe Kibokoni Ranch and Panda Nguo Boni Community.

Others include Khalrala Ranch, Cyberdom Investments, Baragoni Ranch, Enganani Ranch, Lamu Investments, Amu Ranch and Maalim Ranch.

The land grabbed by individual companies range from a minimum of 6 000 acres to 40 000 acres.

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