The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Don't Sell Your Land, Swazuri Tells Residents

THE National Land Commission chair Muhamad Swazuri has warned Mombasa residents against selling their land over allegations that title deeds issued by the President have problems.

He said some individuals are selling off their land after being duped the titles are 'fake' and will be revoked in the near future. Speaking to the press at Tononoka Grounds on Saturday evening, Swazuri said residents should not be deceived by unscrupulous individuals.

"Residents whose titles have some omissions should not sell their land as those mistakes can be rectified at the land offices," he said. Swazuri was speaking on the sidelines of fundraiser to build a centre for children suffering from spina bifida and hydrocephalus.

He said the residents should be patient as the commission works on how to resolve some of the issues surrounding the issuance of titles. Swazuri said the 60,000 title deeds issued by President Uhuru Kenyatta in August last year are genuine and those who benefitted should not be misled.

He said poverty is one of the reasons behind land problem and can be resolved once citizens are enlightened on the importance of land ownership. Swazuri said residents should not sell their land for whatever reason as the land can be used for other profitable ventures.

During Madaraka Day celebrations at the Mombasa County Stadium, county commissioner Nelson Marwa said some people have started selling off their land in Mwakirunge area. He said some individuals are selling their plots cheaply.

Marwa said those selling their plots abuse privileges given to them by the President to own land. "It makes no sense at all as you were recently crying for title deeds and after getting them you start selling the same land," he said.

Marwa directed deputy county commissioners to enlighten the residents on the importance of retaining their land to resolve the problem of squatters.

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