President Uhuru Kenyatta has ordered Lands Cabinet Secretary Jacob Kaimenyi to solve the land title deed crisis in Nyeri County during the Madaraka Day celebrations.
Uhuru gives CS 3 week ultimatum during Madaraka Day speech
The tough talking President said he wanted the CS to report back in 3 weeks.
President Kenyatta gave Kaimenyi three weeks to report back to him over the matter.
The statement drew huge cheers from Nyeri residents who have for over 50 years have been living in colonial villages in Central Kenya.
They thousands of families now hope that they will finally receive title deeds for their homes.
The villages were set up by the British colonial government to house thousands of locals who were displaced from their prime agricultural land by the settlers.
Close to half a century later, generations of the displaced continue to live on the small pieces of land, whose ownership they cannot prove.
Last year, residents of Kieni East, in Nyeri county demonstrated to demand title deeds.
They said successive governments have not kept their promises to resettle them.
The residents have in the past complained of corruption in the Lands Ministry citing many cases of double issuance of title deeds.
Cases of title-forging by people on the settlement schemes or ancestral lands have also been reported.
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