Lamu Governor Fahim Twaha has assured that efforts are already underway to fast track title deeds issuance this financial year transparently.
Flanked by Bahari Ward MCA Antony Njomo at Tewe, Mpeketoni, the Governor assured a delegation of farmers, that his government is committed to ensuring a fair and transparent land resettlement programme which protects vulnerable land owners from land injustices, and improve their economic standards.
The farmers petitioned the Governor to direct a thorough verification process of the land owners in the Witemere area, expressing fears of unknown individuals that have invaded the lands illegally, putting original farmers at the risk of losing out in the title deeds issuance phase.
“I’m the one who sought former President Mwai Kibaki’s endorsement and permission for farmers to carve out land in Wetemere when he came to Lamu in 2003. It is only fair that I ensure those farmers fairly get their title deeds and not other people,” said Governor Fahim.
He added: “This will ensure the genuine Lamu farmers have a chance at improving their economic standards, especially with the emerging socio-economic development in Lamu,” said Governor Fahim.
Under the government’s land resettlement programme, 20,000 title deeds will be issued before 2022. As of June this year, the County had issued over 6,000 title deeds.
“My government is committed to making a lasting mark on these land historical injustices, for the better, through title deeds, “said Governor Fahim.