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Ngilu: 67% of Kenyans don't have land title deeds

19 March 2015, 10:08 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi – Lands Cabinet Secretary, Charity Ngilu has raised concern over rising poverty rate in the country saying it is caused by lack of crucial land title deeds needed by the citizens to enable them access loans and  do businesses.

Ngilu said at least 67 per cent of the Kenyan population has no title deeds but said her ministry is committed to meet the Jubilee Government’s pledge of issuing three million title deeds.

She blamed officers in her ministry of laxity, unaccountability and misuse of taxpayers’ resources, and warned that she will not tolerate such acts in her ministry.  

“You cannot sit in the offices as people come and beg for your services. They are your clients and it is their right to be served," Ngilu said.

She revealed that so far 5.6 million title deeds have been issued since independence and reiterated that the issuance of three million titles deeds will be met within three years since a total of one million have already been issued during her two-year tenure at the ministry.

Also read: Slum residents to get title deeds soon, says Ngilu

Regarding the ongoing clean-up of registries at the ministry, Ngilu said the process has eased access to information where 15 of them have been put in order. She added that KES 27 billion allocated to the ministry will facilitate the ministry’s rebranding including skills for quality services.

“When we get more money, we will buy more equipment, hire more people, have proper training in preparation for what we want to achieve,” said Ngilu.

Despite conducting reforms in her ministry, Ngilu revealed the process has faced strong opposition from land grabbers but maintained that their ill motives won’t compromise the ongoing changes.

“They have been getting other people’s land by stealing, changing documents and we are saying they have no place to hide. Things have to be done correctly,” she warned.

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