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41,000 title deeds gather dust in Homa Bay as residents 'lazy'.

More than 41,000 land title deeds have not been collected from the office of Land Registry in Homa Bay County in the last two years.

Homa Bay County land registrar Violet Lamu, the registry received 82,000 title deeds in 2016.

Lamu said Homa Bay residents only collected 42,000 land titles.

The registrar said absence of title deed has raised cases of land and boundary disputes.

She claimed most people have taken advantage of lack of title deeds to encroach private lands.

'Disputes have erupted in many areas over absence of title deeds. Most people take advantage of absence of document of ownership of land to enslave poor people,' Lamu said.

Speaking to journalists on Thursday in Homa Bay town , Lamu said high number of uncollected land documents belong to the residents of Suba North, Suba South, Homa Bay Town, Rangwe and Ndhiwa sub-counties.

'I urge residents who applied for their title deeds to come and collect them at our offices,' Lamu said.

The registrar lamented on the laxity of the residents from Suba North Sub County which has the highest number of uncollected titles.

She called on opinion leaders to encourage residents to collect the land documents.

'The documents are very important. Elected leaders need to encourage residents to collect the documents immediately,' she said.

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Publication:The Star (Nairobi, Kenya)
Date:Mar 9, 2018
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