30TH May, 2018
President Kenyatta issues land titles to city residents
His Excellency president Uhuru Kenyatta issued the first batch of title deeds to residents of Nairobi in a ceremony attended by His Excellency Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko at Jacaranda grounds in Embakasi Constituency.
The Nairobi City County Land Titling Program is a collaborative effort between Nairobi City County and the National Governments whose cardinal goals is to enhance security of land tenure and empower the land owners in the city.
The program is a sequel to the directive by H. E the President in December 2017, which required the county government to work in collaboration with the Ministry of Lands & Physical Planning to issue at least 50,000 titles for properties in county schemes and informal settlements, land owned by land-buying companies and private land by 30th June, 2018.
The presidential directive was premised on the fact that about 95% of properties in the city, most of them lying in the densely-populated Eastland areas of Dandora, Umoja Kayole, Kariobangi, etc. are untitled, which effectively suppresses the economic performance of such properties. This situation also breeds land disputes, cases and conflicts.
Addressing the mammoth crowd the President said, “It was time for the residents to realize that Nairobi is their home and the issuance of the land documents today is clear testimony.”
On his part, Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko called on all the residents of Nairobi to present any documents they have for verification in order to fastract the titling process. He also mentioned that both governments have waived all prerequisite statutory fees related to land survey and registration.
In the program, the two governments have collaborated in various aspects of land survey, leasing and registration. The Director of Surveys (Survey of Kenya) has offered technical support with regard to field surveys and preparation of requisite registrable documents.
The program will continue until all bona fide property owners in various parts of the city acquire titles for their properties, which has a positive multiplier effect across many other sectors of the local and national economies.
All property owners in the city are called upon to come forward and present relevant documents at designated stations as advised in past public advertisements/ notices carried in national dailies and posters to benefit from the program.