The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Residents of Ritaya Seek Land Titles

Residents of Ritaya Scheme in Ndaragwa want the governmnet to give them title deeds. The more than 1,000 families accused the government of failing to issue them with title deeds 41 years since they were relocated to Ritaya by the Kenya Forest Service to create more room for Lake Olbolosat.

Ritaya which was part of Ndaragwa forest was degazetted by Kenyatta's government for human settlement. The residents are descendants of 560 retirees from the forest department who asked the government for land instead of retirement benefits.

However, they are unable to apply for bank loans or build houses for lack of title deeds. "Out of frustrations, young men have turned to drugs. The land which was given as a gift has turned to a mystery," said Waweru Nderitu, a resident.

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