Mt Elgon squatters demand title deeds from President
01 February 2016, 11:45
Bungoma - Beneficiaries of Chepyuk settlement scheme in Mt Elgon constituency are calling on President Uhuru Kenyatta to issue them with land title deeds.
Peter Sirai, the squatters, chairman, claims that despite being allocated land 26 years ago, they have not enjoyed its usefulness owing to the fact that they are living in fear of being evicted for lack of ownership documents.
Sirai wants the head of state to award Mt Elgon squatters title deeds the way he did to the squatters of Lamu and Mombasa.
Speaking in Chwele, he stated that most of residents of Mt Elgon and Trans-Nzoia do not have the land ownership documents hence cannot participate in any lasting development projects.
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“The most hit areas are Cheptais and Kopsiro divisions where Chepyuk settlement scheme lies. We want these squatters given title deeds so they can be proud of Jubilee administration. Land is an emotive issue here and this can only be stopped if the locals are awarded ownership documents,” said Sirai.
Sirai explained that Mt Elgon is a Horticultural Zone and if the farmers are issued with such vital documents, they can access bank loans thus boosting agricultural activities within the area.
He urged the head of state to consider the remaining Chepyuk squatters who were left out in the last resettlement exercise.
Sirai pointed out that instead of the Sabaot community members petitioning the government on the historical land injustices caused by the British government to their grandparents who were settling in Trans-Nzoia/ Kitale by displacing them to Mt Elgon forest where majority of them have stayed as squatters, the president should intervene and solve the problem.
He said the government should have allowed the community members to reposes back their land in Trans-Nzoia after independence but instead the government converted most of this lands to ADC Farms.
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