Olokruto residents receive 17, 000 title deeds
Residents of Olokruto area in Narok North Sub County could not hide their joy as they queued in the land’s office to receive their land title deeds released by President Uhuru Kenyatta during his visit to the county on Tuesday.
President Kenyatta had directed that 17, 000 title deeds be issued to the residents living near Mau forest, who despite occupying the land for many years have never had the official land document.
Henry Kudate, one of the beneficiaries can now breathe a sigh of relief after getting a title deed for his two-acre land. He claimed the matter had been pursued by their forefathers in futility but lauded the Jubilee administration for finally answering their cry.
“We thank the government for hastening this process that has been underway since 1973 when we started pursuing the title deeds,” said Kudate.
Wilfred Kebker lauded the government for issuing the title deeds free of charge saying he had been forced to pay a lot of money in the past to get the document but never succeeded.
“We can now develop our land by building permanent structures because we are sure of our boundaries, we are grateful to the government,” said Kebker.
They were speaking Thursday outside the Narok North Land Registrar office when they visited the office to collect their title deeds.
Narok Governor Samuel Tunai affirmed that the Jubilee government was committed to addressing land and settlement challenges that have been rocking many parts of the country through issuance of title deeds to undisputed areas to allow the residents commence tangible developments in their lands.
Tunai said that the county was working with the national government to ensure that all group ranches within the county were issued with title deeds to end the perennial land feuds where the ranch management committee sells land against members’ wish.
By Ann Salaton/ Sabina Gichuke