National Land Commission

National Land Commission chairman Muhammad Swazuri has canceled title deeds issued by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

The title deeds canceled were issued three years ago for a settlement scheme in Kwale.

Muhammad Swazuri said the title deeds which were issued to Golini adjudication area were incorrectly given to non-locals despite the presence of locals occupying the land.

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Swazuri said the supposed errors were discovered after the NLC and county government conducted a verification exercise last year.

Swazuri said:

”We have a lot of issues in settlement schemes like Diani complex, Ukunda, Diani, Ramisi and Shimba hills.”

Following the verification exercise, the County Assembly Land Committee recommended immediate revocation.

National Land Commission has said that genuine locals with claims to land will receive allotment letters before being issued with title deeds.

Speaking to journalists during a tour of Kwale, Swazuri said that the commission would also consider current owners in deciding whether to renew expired land leases in the area.

He also pleaded with locals of Somali origin that are occupying Kuranze ranch in LungaLunga to allow the Maasai and the Duruma to graze and water their cattle pending determination of the land dispute.

”We have a lot of issues in ranches across the country including Laikipia, Nyandarua, Kajiado, Samburu, Narok and Lamu. But the Community Land Act will address such issues through the county government.”

Swazuri also took issue with Kwale County’s decision to construct a recreational facility at Baraza park before consulting elders of the area who opposed the project.

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Kaya Kwale Chairman Abdallah Kushinda spoke on the issue saying:

”If we allow this to go, people will bring their structures and make this park a market center which is not good. We have moved to court after the county government refused to hear us out and so we ask NLC to help us stop the construction.”

Kwale County land executive Ali Mafimbo, however, downplayed the elders’ fears saying the decision was arrived at after public participation.