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Ngilu announces recoveries in Lamu audit

22 August 2014, 11:40 Alloys Musyoka

Kwale - Land cabinet secretary Charity Ngilu has announced recovery of 1,574 green cards, 197 title deeds and 65 white cards during the concluded re-organization of documents at the Lamu Lands offices.

They also recovered 100 title deeds from Makueni County.

Ngilu revealed the issue today outside Kwale land offices when she officially opened Kwale offices for the public after inspecting the work done by land officials.

She said they also found 3,393 uncollected title deeds, 182 forged green cards and 2 forged tile deeds.

“We have total parcel files opened to a tune of 28,541, court cases in the registry are 687, total no of parcel files we have here is 44,044,”she added.

She urged those who have their title deeds uncollected to do so quickly since the documents are available now.

“This is why no one opposed closure of the offices here like other areas because I was getting reports that there were poor services, locals kept for a long time and documents not being found,” said Ngilu.

She said they have realized that some areas in Kwale have double allocation of land and others, people allocating themselves more parcels of land than others noting that it will be dealt with.

 “Such title will be kept until we do our audit. Title deeds were also given to under 18 in some parts of Kwale and any case of that nature will be revoked for title to be given to the right people,” she said.

Ngilu was categorical that anyone who was in office and allocated themselves more pieces of land and more title especially the settlement scheme will be looked at.

“We have agreed that with the area leadership and the county government also,” she added.

Ngilu assured Kwale people that they will get efficient services as they embark on digitalizing documentation by using computers instead of typewriters.

The CS said that land audit in Kwale land will be done establish who own it and how it is being used.

Those using land for speculative purposes, Ngilu said they will not be tolerated.

“We have no issues with those who will be found using their land well but those using it for speculation we have quarrel with them,” she noted

She said the government has to make sure that all land is put in use and not for speculation.

Asked about expired land leases in the area Ngilu was quick to say that they have no record of how many people leased land while urging anyone with expired land lease to report to land ministry.

“If they report to us we will decide either to renew or reject and give them to other people,” she added.

Ngilu however warned residents against getting into anybody’s land because the lease has expired saying that it is not allowed.

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