AFC issues Title Deeds to Taveta Squatters
The Squatters living on a piece of land belonging to the former Taveta MP, Basil Criticos on Wednesday received title deeds from the Agricultural Finance Corporation (AFC).
“2,445 titles we promised to you last year are now ready, but only 484 titles will be issued to the ones who have fully paid the amount as agreed between the government and yourselves,” said AFC Chairman, Franklin Bett.
He urged those who have not paid to hurry up to get the vital document which will signify ownership of the pieces of land they were now occupying.
Bett however, warned those who received their titles not to sell off the land advising that they could use the same to uplift their living standards.
He at the same dispelled fears that the documents were fake as peddled by a section of opposition politicians.
The AFC Managing Director, Lucas Meso observed that so far sh. 65 million has been collected.
Last year, Criticos and AFC agreed to sell part of the more than 7,200 acres of land formally owned by the former legislator to settle about 5000 squatters in the region.
Meso informed the people that the government had agreed to pay sh. 70,000 while the residents paid sh. 80,000 as an acre of the plot went for sh. 150,000.
“Only those squatters who have paid for their parcels of land will be issued with title deeds. The exercise is part of a wider Government program to ensure that squatters have an opportunity to lead a dignified and productive life,” said the MD.
Those who got titles are from Mrabani, Eldoro, Python Hill, Mboghoni and Kimorigo. Both Eldoro primary and secondary schools were issued with these vital land documents.
Present during the occasion were Dr. Naomi Shaaban who is the area MP, the Taita Taveta Senator, Johnes Mwaruma, County Commissioner, Kula Hache and land officials among others.
By Fatuma Jumeah