Thursday, September 17, 2020
Ministry records success in Embakasi titling exercise
The Ministry of Lands has recorded tremendous success in the on-going titling exercise at the Embakasi Ranching Company in Ruai, despite the challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic.
According to latest information from Lands officials conducting the exercise, 6,893 title deeds have been issued and 1,925 leases signed, a month after the exercise was officially commissioned by President Uhuru Kenyatta at KICC in Nairobi.
This is more than triple the total number of title deeds that had been issued to shareholder of the company between 1975 during its inception and 2018, before the launch of the Nairobi Titling Company by His Excellency the President.
The exercise which was to be concluded this week has been extended by a further three weeks to ensure every shareholder is served.
While the plan was to complete the exercise by end of September, the lack of proper documentation and succession documents by some landowners had slowed down the process.
The coronavirus pandemic had also led to an adjustment in the number of shareholders to be served per day and the need to observe social distancing thus dragging the process.
To ensure all shareholders are served, Lands Cabinet Secretary Ms. Farida Karoney has extended the exercise by a further three weeks, with the new completion date now being October 16, 2020.
Besides the Embakasi Ranching Company, the title deed issuance exercise is also taking place at the Tassia Settlement Scheme and at the Korogocho and Mbagathi informal settlements.
The exercise is part of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Nairobi Titling programme, launched in 2018 that has so far seen 153,000 title deeds issued to land owners in Nairobi.