, KWALE, Kenya, Sep 2 – President Uhuru Kenyatta has told former Prime Minister Raila Odinga to join him in solving the land problem in the country or shut up.
He said if issuing title deeds and resolving the age-old land problem in the country was tantamount to doing a clerical job, he was ready to continue doing it until the problem is solved permanently.
“Those who are not ready to serve Kenyans should shut up and allow us to improve the lives of Kenyans,” President Kenyatta said.
The President spoke on Monday in Kwale town when he issued title deeds to land owners in the county.
President Kenyatta said the Jubilee Coalition pledged to find a lasting solution to the land problem and no amount of disruption will derail those efforts.
“We are here to fulfil the promise of ensuring Kenyans get title deeds for their land. Our determination to serve all the 40 million Kenyans without discrimination will not be disrupted,” the President told Kwale residents.
Echoing the President’s sentiments, Deputy President William Ruto asked the former Prime Minister to stop politicizing the land issue and instead support the Government in the noble initiative of issuing title deeds.
The Deputy President said issuing title deeds to enable Kenyans benefit from their land is part of the Jubilee Manifesto and the Government will continue with the exercise until it achieves its target of issuing three million title deeds.
He regretted that people who were not willing to resolve the land problem when they were in office were now criticizing the exercise.
“These are people who are trying to salvage their diminishing political fortunes,” the Deputy President said.
On youth empowerment, President Kenyatta said issuance of title deeds was part of Government’s effort to empower the youth. He cautioned them against associating with outlawed groups, saying those who will not stop illegal activities will meet the full force of the law.
“We are issuing these title deeds because we know they will unleash our country’s potential. The title deeds can be used to get loans from banks to initiate income generating activities that will empower people,” the President said.
He said his Government is also set to address challenges facing Kwale County, including the human-wildlife conflict and improvement of roads and the Ukunda airstrip.
Kwale Governor Salim Mvurya assured the President and Deputy President Ruto of Kwale leaders’ support, saying elections are over and unity will ensure Kenyans receive good services.
(Story by Kazungu Chai – PSCU)