Tension still high in Kibera over titles

December 9, 2013 4:22 pm

, POLICE-TEARGASNAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 9 – A section of Kibera residents on Monday held demonstrations over the impending issuance of title deeds in the area by the government.

Protesters included those who want the government to continue with the issuance and another group that wanted all resident communities to be allocated land as well.

This comes after President Uhuru Kenyatta canceled his visit that was anticipated on Sunday to issue Title Deeds for a 300 acre piece of land to a group of locals.

A section of those supporting the plan, urged the government to expedite the process saying it will give them right of ownership.

“We are demanding the government to give us our title deeds,” Abdul Said an area resident said.

He accused some leaders of planning to “stop the plan which will ensure we own land like the rest of Kenyans.”

Another section marched to Ardhi House in Community area to register their opposition to the move.

The group wants the entire Kibera area be surveyed and title deeds awarded to all who meet the set requirements.

The president was to issue title deeds to Nubians in Kibera.

Plans for the ceremony raised tension in the area with a group of residents claiming they had been left out staging violent protests in the slum area.

The event was organised by Lands Secretary Charity Ngilu at a venue adjacent to the District Commissioner’s office.

Kibera is considered an ODM stronghold and formerly represented in Parliament by former Prime Minister Langata Raila Odinga.


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