Over 598 families in Mpeketoni Township have received their title deeds today afternoon, after years of living in uncertainty due to lack of ownership documentation for the properties they have called home for more than 50 years.

Speaking at Kamukunji grounds in Mpeketoni, Bahari ward, Governor Fahim Twaha reaffirmed his government’s belief that land ownership is a fundamental right for all Lamu residents and vowed to empower everyone through issuance of title deeds with fairness, free from prejudice or bias.

“My Government is aware that Lamu is experiencing unprecedented land competition as a result of the operationalization of Lamu Port and the growing population. A situation that is continually exposing poor families to threats of losing their land to corrupt elements, or through protracted and acrimonious land disputes. I want to make sure that all small-holder land owners and their families are legally safeguarded by issuing them with title deeds through a fair and open process, so that they can develop their land and grow as Lamu grows. We have over 36,000 title deeds in waiting,” said Governor Fahim Twaha

He added that, the Title deeds will enable landowners and businesses in Mpeketoni township to access credit facilities from financial institutions, affording them the chance to grow their businesses and build permanent homes, free from ownership uncertainties.

The ongoing issuances validate Governor Fahim Twaha’s land reforms strategy that promised to legitimize the status of small land owners in 2016.In the last 4 years Governor Twaha has issued approximately 6,300 title deeds.

In attendance was the Lamu County Executive Committee Members, the National Police Service Commission Chair(NPSC), Mr Eliud N. Kinuthia, CBS,OGW, HSC, County Commissioner Mr Irungu Macharia, Mpeketoni township community leaders, religious leaders among others .