, MOMBASA, Kenya, Jan 9 – President Uhuru Kenyatta has issued title deeds to landowners at the Waitiki farm, proving that his commitment to answer the land question at the Coast is not a “mission impossible”.
Speaking when he issued 5,007 title deeds at Shika Adabu grounds in Mombasa County, President Kenyatta affirmed that he meant business when said he will end the land problem in Coast.
“When we asked for your votes in the last election, I said that I will resolve the land problem in the Coast region come what may. Regardless of what other people will say, I know I have a solution to that problem,” President Kenyatta said.
He added: “That is why we are here in Likoni to complete a job that many thought was impossible.”
And the Head of State assured that resolving the land problem will not stop with the Waitiki farm.
“We are addressing land issues in all parts of the country so that no one will use land to gain political mileage. We want Kenyans to get title deeds so that they can effectively use their land to improve their lives,” President Kenyatta said.
The President emphasised his stand that he will not allow land to be used as a political tool but to benefit Kenyans, saying they have a right to own property.
The total number of beneficiaries at the Waitiki farm is 7,807. But 2,800 will be given the titles once they provide the Land Ministry with the required documents.
The Government negotiated and bought Waitiki farm through the revolving Settlement Trustee Fund (STF) to settle those who had squatted on the land for many years. It is a requirement of the law that beneficiaries repay money from STF so that other squatters in similar circumstances can be assisted.
President Kenyatta proposed that repayment of the interest-free loan for the pieces of land, priced at Sh182,000 each, be rescheduled from three to 12 years.
“This means each landowner will pay at a rate of Sh1,000 a month, which I think is a very reasonable and fair deal,” President Kenyatta said.
He added: “We have already waived all land rates and money for survey.”
President Kenyatta asked politicians not to play politics with the repayment for the land, saying if any person had a better option, the Government welcomed it.
He challenged the County Government of Mombasa to chip in and ease the payment burden for the people settled in the Waitiki farm.
Deputy President William Ruto said Jubilee pledged to answer the land question and it is doing exactly that.
“There is no greater dignity than that which confers you ownership of the place you stay,” the Deputy President said.
He responded to those who have been “making noise” over the delegations he has been hosting.
“I am in my place, you are in your place. What has it got to do with you?” the Deputy President asked.
The Deputy President called for peace, saying all Kenyans should live harmoniously.