Over 500 Kwale residents conned of their money by land fraudsters selling private owned ranch
04 August 2016, 19:43
Nairobi - Over 500 Kwale County residents have been coned by land fraudsters purporting to sell privately owned ranch in LungaLunga sub-county, area deputy county commissioner Josephat Biwott has said.
Speaking in LungaLunga yesterday Biwott said that the land in question legally belongs to Lunga-Lunga Ranching Company which has a title deed to the land.
“So far at least 500 people have fallen prey to the land fraudsters and along with other potential buyers risk losing their money in the fictitious land deals,” he said.
He warned the public to watch out as they risk losing their money to the briefcase land brokers running loose in the area claiming the land was up for sale at Sh3, 500 per acre yet it is not.
Already, he said that some people have bought the land in sizes ranging from one acre up to 100 acres without being issued with ownership documents.
He said unsuspecting locals are being defrauded of their hard earned cash by some idlers who have found a way of making a quick money by getting into dubious land broking public.
“Preliminary investigations indicate that a lot of the land fraudsters are operating at a place called Gituamba led by a woman. Action will be taken against the culprits and the land buyers will be evicted from the ranch,” he warned.
He said his office is moving in fast to avert a crisis adding that the government cannot sit back and watch as people are being fleeced and private property rights being violated.
“Some people are already gathering building materials in readiness to settle on the ranch but that is something the government will not allow to happen since it is illegal,” he added.
Cases of fraudulent land deals are far too common in the county which is still grappling with numerous unresolved land tenure issues salient among them being a spiraling squatter problem.
Kwale County has more than 9,000 uncollected title deeds in the county, according to Lands Cabinet Secretary Prof. Jacob Kaimenyi who recently visited the region.
He urged locals to collect their title deeds and ensure they protect them instead of selling them off.
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