Ruiru DCC Geofrey Ithai. Photo James Wakahiu.

Land buying firms ordered to surrender vital documents

By James Wakahiu 

Land buying firms in Ruiru and Juja sub-counties have been directed by the Ministry of Land and Physical Planning to surrender their members register, mother title, maps and other related document so that the ministry can fast track issuance of title deeds. 

Ruiru Sub-County Deputy County Commissioner Geofrey Ithai said the move was taken after the ongoing Ruiru Land Clinic established that most of the land buying companies had taken decades to issue title deeds to their members. 

Ithai noted that some had stolen and sold members’ land, allocating land to multiple buyers and demanding cash for title issuance.

Ruiru MP Simon Ng’ang’a King’ara said the Sub-County had 513 land buying companies. He said by the end of the land clinic on November 6, the ministry intends to issue 30,000 title deeds.

He urged directors to solve their wrangles amicably and out of court. He regretted that

Githunguri Land Buying Company had not issued title deeds to members who bought land several decades ago.

Githunguri Ranching Company chairman John Maina said poor elderly members were being exempted in paying clearance fee of Sh 20,000. 

They were speaking in Ruiru during a meeting for directors of land buying companies at Ruiru Chief’s Hall.

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