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Govt yet to revoke title deeds for 'grabbed' Lamu land

13 August 2014, 15:50 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi – The Lands Principal Secretary, Mariamu El Maawy has confirmed that the title deeds for 500 000 acres of land in Lamu that was allegedly grabbed are yet to be revoked as directed by President Uhuru Kenyatta until verification of their validity is done.

Maawy said the Ministry of Lands has deployed its surveyors in Lamu to conduct investigation to ascertain the truth behind the controversial land that the government says might be at the center of attacks witnessed in the region recently.

“The President did not revoke the titles of 500 000 acres in Lamu as perceived by many people but only directed the Lands Ministry and the National Lands Commission (NLC) to start the process of revocation of land that was irregularly acquired,” said Maawy.

Maawy said the revocation of title deeds was not to be implemented with immediate effect following President Kenyatta’s order because the land owners were to write statements with police and given an fair opportunity to state the legal process they followed in acquiring the land.

“Our surveyors are engaging locals in verification of 22 ranches in Lamu and to establish whether public land is part of the controversial 500 000 acres to be revoked. The revocation of titles will be done case by case basing on the surveyors’ findings,” said Maawy.

She added that resolving land matters is a critical issue and her Ministry together with NLC should be given ample time in their investigations to avoid any emerging conflicts among Lamu residents.

Maawy was responding to inquiries by the National Assembly’s Lands Committee that sought to establish whether the revocation of titles in Lamu was being implemented as directed by the President.

The Committee is set to receive a comprehensive report from the Lands Ministry on due legal process to be followed in revoking the title deeds.

The Inspector General of Police, David Kimaiyo has directed all the 22 company directors linked to the alleged controversial 500 000 acres of land in Lamu to record statements with the CID officers in Nairobi for investigations to kick off failure to which they risk arrest.

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