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Slum residents to get title deeds soon, says Ngilu

02 February 2015, 15:56 Arap Yego

Nairobi - Slum dwellers residing on parcels of land which they legally acquired have a reason to smile after Lands, Housing and Urban Development Cabinet Secretary (CS), Charity Ngilu announced that they will soon receive title deeds.

Ngilu said that people staying in slums have always been easy targets of forced evictions since they have no documents to prove they own the land their shacks are built on, and it will be important if they also receive the deeds.

The CS, who was speaking on Saturday after inspecting slum upgrading projects constructed by Muungano wa Wanavijiji, a group representing Huruma slum residents in Nairobi, said priority will be given to residents of the informal settlements staying in upgraded houses erected on land which has no ownership wrangles.

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“My ministry will assist slum residents to get title deeds. So long as they have valid allotment letters and the housing conform to proper physical development plans,” said the CS, who was accompanied by former Spain Vice President, Maria Teresa De La Vega, whose Women for Africa organization has shown interest in assisting in slum upgrading.

Ngilu, who inspected the housing units by the group in Kambi Moto, Ghetto and Ex-Grogan slums, revealed that the Jubilee government through her ministry is keen on issuing the crucial document to Kenyans of all walks of lives.

“The Jubilee government target this financial year is to give out at least 1.5 million. It will be fair if the people residing in informal settlements are also among the beneficiaries,” she said.

“We are focused on ensuring Kenyans who do not have title deeds acquire them, so that they can use them to access bank loans which they can use to start businesses,” she added.

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