NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 3 – The Ministry of Lands on Thursday kicked off the verification process of the genuine occupants of the controversial 930-acre Waitiki Farm in Likoni, Mombasa.
In a statement, Lands Principal Secretary Mariamu El Maawy stated that a committee has been appointed to plan, survey and verify the residents’ documents for issuance of title deeds early next year.
She pointed out that the technical committee will be on site for a seven-day exercise.
“The Committee will be on site with effect from 3rd December 2015. The occupants are requested to present themselves before the Committee for status verification. The following documents will be required: Original National Identity Card, Land Transaction Document and any document to support ground occupation status,” she said.
Last month, President Uhuru Kenyatta entered into an agreement with the Waitiki Farm owner, Evanson Waitiki to end the 16-year-old dispute.
The President further directed the National Land Commission (NLC), the Lands Ministry, county government and local administration officials to complete the adjudication process by December 21.
Waitiki, who bought the land in 1975 at Sh1.2 million from a businessman, surrendered it to the government to allow for its sub-division among the squatters.
President Uhuru Kenyatta is expected to visit and issue title deeds to the squatters on January 5, according to acting Lands Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i.
The government had appointed a senior administrator, Joseph Kanyiri, to coordinate the process of the land adjudication in the area.
Kanyiri helped resolve the Kihiu Mwiri Farm dispute in Murang’a, in which many people, including 10 directors, were killed in leadership wrangles.
The Waitiki process will include aerial survey, satellite imaging, ground survey and listing of all household and digital data entries.
According to the NLC, the ground survey of Waitiki and household listing was done in July this year.