After years of living in fear, residents of Ruiru in Kiambu County have finally received their title deeds.
Beneficiaries in the national titling program said they had lived for over 30 years without the requisite land ownership documents noting that the issuance of the title deeds will offer them big relief.
Speaking after receiving the over 900 crucial documents from Kiambu governor James Nyoro, the jubilant locals upheld the titles that will enable them to develop their land as they move towards economic liberation.
Most of them said the wait has been long enough as unscrupulous land dealers have been salivating over their land and some had even schemed to sell their parcels to unsuspecting land buyers.
“With the ownership documents, we can now afford to secure loans with financial institutions which will help us build the parcels. We thank President Uhuru Kenyatta and governor Nyoro for making this happen. We will forever be thankful,” George Mundia, a beneficiary stated.
On his part, Nyoro stated that the initiative is part of the 1 million titles initiative by the head of state.
He revealed that plans are underway to fast track completion of the titling process so that all residents with allotment letters and share certificates benefit from the initiative.
Having issued the crucial documents, governor Nyoro said his government will now facilitate the opening up of key access roads that would not have been done before the survey process was completed.
While urging locals to rally behind him for continuity, Nyoro who is seeking re-election insisted the documents will contribute to the growth of the areas as owners can now develop their land, sub-divide and seek development approvals.
“During my tenure as governor, at least 5,800 titles have been processed and issued to owners across the county. We will now move into the next phase of opening up areas that could have hitherto not be opened as a result of delayed surveying for economic development,” Nyoro stated.
He lauded President Uhuru Kenyatta for facilitating the process that has seen over 330,000 titles given to Kiambu residents during his 10-year tenure.
His sentiments were echoed by Kiu MCA Daniel Ngugi who said the local government will now be able to install key infrastructural projects such as sewer systems, grade roads among others.