14 January 2013

Kenya: Mwea Farmers to Get Title Deeds After 35-Year Wait

Thousands of Mwea farmers can now have their title deeds after waiting for 35 years.

Their relief came following a report by Land and Natural Resources Parliamentary Committee that was tabled in Parliament last week by chairman Mutava Musyimi.

The Embu families have been waiting since 1978 when each family was allocated 10 acres in the trust land in Mbeere South, but the Ministry of Lands have never issued ownership papers.

The committee also recommended that government revoke title deeds for land illegally issued to elites in Thimangiri and have it handed back to the municipal council of Meru.

The report also recommended that land registry officials in Meru be investigated for generating two green cards and giving misleading information on the authenticity of the cards.

The report also asked government to protect wetlands in Ontulili and the lower Imenti forest by planting indigenous trees. On Mucia Wa Urata which is in Kirinyaga county the committee recommends that the council should stop "erecting any new permanent structures".

The report also says that investigation should be carried out to ascertain if there were malpractices in the manner in which the Ngireri land was sub divided among the clans in the area.

The committee found that the previous governments "had schemed to discriminate one community against the others". The government has also been asked to provide water for human consumption near dams to avoid crocodile attacks which have become rampant in Embu.

The report also said that KWS should reduce the population of crocodiles "especially in Kiambere dam". On the land in Mwea that belongs to the National Irrigation Board, the committee recommends that "illegal encroachers should return the land to the board.

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