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Government to repossess grabbed land 

Officers from the Land Ministry showing Swazuri the maps of the disputed land in Kitale on Wednesday March 15, 2017. Photo  by Pauline  Ikanda/KNA.




Swazuri  instructing the area leaders to ensure all the persons leaving in the disputed land are informed to leave. Photo  by Pauline  Ikanda/KNA.

Swazuri instructing the area leaders to ensure all the persons leaving in the disputed land are informed to leave. Photo by Pauline Ikanda/KNA.

Swazuri  instructs one of the residents in the grabbed land to pack and leave. Photo  by Pauline  Ikanda/KNA.

Swazuri instructs one of the residents in the grabbed land to pack and leave. Photo by Pauline Ikanda/KNA.

Swazuri leads the leaders to the contentious  Kitale Museum  Land. Photo by  Pauline Ikanda/KNA.

Swazuri leads the leaders to the contentious Kitale Museum Land. Photo by Pauline Ikanda/KNA.

The government is in the process of reposing all grabbed land in Trans Nzoia County, the National Lands Commission (NLC) Chairman, Dr. Muhammed Swazuri  said on Wednesday.

At the same time, he gave notice to all those squatting on National Museum land in Kitale to vacate with immediate effect.

Dr. Swazuri said land in Trans Nzoia set aside by the government for public utility must be taken back from grabbers.

“All title deeds issued for public utility land will automatically be cancelled and those who have the documents should surrender them,” he said.

Kitale Museum is struggling to get back almost 10 acres that have been grabbed by grabbers.

Dr. Swazuri said that his Commission is also fighting to get back at least 350 acres of land grabbed from agriculture department, saying  that the Commission has also given notice to grabbers of 2700 acres of land belonging to Prisons department.

“Out of  3,000 acres of land that belong to prisons department only 3,000 acres is now under the custody of the department 2,700 has gone to grabbers”, he said.

Also to be reposed is land belonging to Kitale Air strip that has been grabbed by AIC church and other individuals.

“Cartographic maps will guide us and anyone who claims ownership of land that was reserved for public utility will be forced to surrender it “, he said.

Dr. Swazuri who was accompanied by officers from the Commission, KWS, and Forest departments said that the government will be forced to evict all those squatting on government land.

He said that the evictions will be done sometime in April this year warning that those who threaten government officers from carrying out their work especially on the surveys will firmly be dealt with.

The Chairman said that all grabbed land should be returned to pave way for expansion of Kitale town.

Earlier, area governor, Patrick Khaemba had asked the commission to end the land grabbing menace which he said was a cause to lack of development in Kitale.

Khaemba who visited the grabbed Museum land asked the commission to also repossess land belonging to Prisons to pave way for negotiations for it to be allocated to Trans Nzoia County government for expansion,  saying  that part of remand prison land was allotted to individuals hindering to plans to expand the town.

He also asked the commission to allow his government lease railway land for at least 50 years adding that the five year period that is currently in place does not favour development.

Khaemba said that once allotted, the county government will construct sheds for small business that will ease congestion in Kitale town.

He also asked the NLC  to allot them 300,000 acres of ADC farm for industrial development and to also construct a University for the county.

According to the governor, plans are at an advanced stage for his county government to buy 400 acres of land to plant trees to exchange with the forest land next to Kitale town to pave way for expansion of the town.

By  Pauline  Ikanda

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