BY EDDY NYADWA, Nairobi. Lands Cabinet Secretary Farida Karoney has announced that the National Government will work jointly with the Nairobi Metropolitan Services, NMS to issue Nairobi Landowners with titles.
The state has also waived all land rents and rates for landowners targeted in the excersise. CS Karoney has now urged land owners in the capital to take advantage of the excersise.
“We have waived the fees because the government is committed to fast-tracking processing of title deeds to ease the burden on the land owners. We are cognisant that there is a lot of potential locked on these lands.” She said.
The exercise is part of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Nairobi Titling Program launched in 2018. It will cover sites and service schemes, Tenant Purchase Schemes, County alloted properties, Land Buying Companies and other scheme owners free of charge.
NMS Director General Major General Mohammed Badi says the exercise will target landowners in informal settlements.
” The verification exercise which will run from September 24 to October 10, 2020, targets Site & Service Schemes and Tenant Purchase Schemes in Mathare North Phases 1 to 4, Ngei Phase 1 and 2, Huruma, Dandora Phases 1 to 5, Umoja Innercore sectors 1 to 3 and 5.” He said.
Other informal settlement targeted for titling include Kariobangi, Jua Kali Sector B, KCC Resettlement Scheme, and Kayole Soweto.
However, Koreny decried that due to the delayed tittle issuance, succession and lack of original documents are some of the factors likely to inhibit the issuance of titles to rightful landowners.
To facilitate the issuance of the titles, landowners are required to produce for verification: original allotment document, three recent colour passport photos, a original and copy of National Identification Card (ID) and, a copy of KRA PIN certificate.
At least 28,000 title deeds have been issued to members of Embakasi Ranching in the ongoing national titling exercise that has seen the Government issue over 5 million title deeds since 2013.