Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has ordered Lands, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Charity Ngilu to investigate allegations that influential people in the previous government have illegally allocated themselves large areas of land in the Coast region, Kenya's The Standard reported Sunday (September 1st).
"We must solve the land problem so as to unlock the land issue, and we are determined to do just that," said Kenyatta, adding that his government would not tolerate any government officials involved in illegal schemes.
Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto toured the region for three days and distributed title deeds to squatters in Kilifi, Mombasa, Lamu, Tana River and Taita Taveta counties.
"The land for the 60,000 title deeds we have given you is worth more than 20 billion shillings ($228 million) in value. You need to take the titles seriously, let us use this value to benefit us," Kenyatta said, encouraging beneficiaries to use the land as collateral to start new businesses.