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City Hall blames Lands ministry for titles delay.

Nairobi county yesterday said the Lands ministry is to blame for delays in issuance of 100,000 title deeds in Nairobi's Eastlands area.

Nairobi county assembly Lands and Housing committee chairman Anthony Kiragu yesterday said the ministry has been dodging questions on the issue.

On Tuesday, while appearing before the National Assembly Lands committee, Lands PS Nicholas Muraguri blamed the county government for the delay.

He said City Hall has been collecting money from residents to facilitate processing of lease and title deeds since 1993 but no documents have been issued.

City MCAs however said issuance of title deeds is the function of the national government.

'The ministry has been very difficult to deal with because they have not processed the title deeds. We have no title deeds as of today and they are not cooperating not only with this committee but also with the public," Kiragu said.

Last May, President Uhuru Kenyatta issued 50,000 title deeds to the residents of Eastlands in a move aimed at unlocking more than Sh20 billion through business and investment.

He promised that 100,000 more titles would be released by the end of 2018. But to date no single title has been issued.

For the past two weeks, the county assembly committee has been inquiring about the five law firms contracted by the county to facilitate the titling process with the lands department.

The committee embarked on the inquiry after receiving complaints from Nairobians that despite paying for the processing of title deeds, they have not yet received the documents.

They said surveyors who had been assigned to Eastlands were recalled two days after the President issued the 50,000 title deeds and have never gone back.

The National Assembly is also carrying out an independent investigation after receiving a petition from area MP George Thueri.

The Lands CEC Charles Kerich recommended a tracking system where documents can be followed when they are moved from the county to the ministry and vice versa.

The five law firms who had appeared before the committee said that the delay in the processing comes from both the ministry of lands and the county's land department.

It had been said that most of the lease documents were still lying at the county lands offices.

Defending the county, acting county Secretary Pauline Kahiga said she had handled at least 1,700 lease documents.

"It is a tedious process which can take up to a month before appending my signature and sealing them and then giving them to the County Attorney to then deliver to the lands CEC then proceeds to the ministry of land," she explained.

However, Kiragu said Nairobians had already lost faith in the whole process making them not willing to pay for titles to be processed.

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Publication:The Star (Nairobi, Kenya)
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Date:Mar 28, 2019
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