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County To Crack Down On Land Grabbers

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County Chief H.E. Kiraitu Murungi has declared war on land grabbers. His administration will take stringent measures.

The purpose is to completely eliminate grabbing, possession and usage of public land and assets by private individuals.

He was peaking this morning after receiving the land banking report from the Meru County Public Land Committee. The Governor noted that his government would move quickly through the Lands Department to acquire and safeguard all public property.

The development of projects and services is achieved through the auditing of account assets.

Examples include the Isiolo-Kina-Modogashe road and the growth of towns and urban areas along the LAPSSET corridor. The LAPSSET covers areas like Kachiuru and Gambela are a clear example of these utilities.

This will spur economic growth and development of the region.

County land recommendations

We appointed this committee 1 year and 9 months ago, comprising of prominent Meru personalities with background in law, governance from former County Councils and surveyors among others who had best knowledge of the land across the County. We are happy that they have come up with a comprehensive report which we shall carefully study and commence implementation of the recommendations.

Governor Kiraitu

He noted the importance of the Government to know the amount of public land available. This knowledge is important in development planning and wooing investors.

Which in turn will help the people and grow Meru economy, in line with the vision of Making Meru Great.

The recommendations by the lawyer Rogers Ruthugua-led 9 member committee to the County Government, include :

  • Empowering development committees at the Ward level to take custody of public lands.
  • Fencing and marking of identified parcels of public lands
  • Continuous upgrade and updating of land banking through GIS technology
  • Working with the National Lands Commission (NLC) to revoke titles of illegally acquired parcels
  • Implementation of allocation letter requirements.

Lands CEC member Jeremiah Lenya said the report will go along way to aide in the completion of ongoing adjudication process across the County.

The progress is now at 70% , as Meru county aims to be the first County in the country to be completely titled by end of this year.

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