President William Ruto has pledged to issue 7,000 tittle deeds to Isiolo County residents to foster development in the county.
The head of state who was commissioning development projects in Isiolo County on Thursday, July 20 stated that the county was lagging because it lacked title deeds.
“Nothing is movinghere in terms of development because you do not have title deeds. I will return in December to issue 7, 000 title deeds,” he said.
While speaking on Thursday, July 20 to the residents, President Ruto promised to issue another 30,000 title deeds in the next three years.
“I want to make Isiolo the centre of development and in the next years Isiolo will grow,” he added.
This move comes as a relief for the people of Isiolo following efforts by Governor Abdi Hassan Guyo to find a permanent solution for the land ownership wrangles between locals and security agents.
“After discussion, President Ruto will ensure that the residents Leparua, Chumvi and the Kisima community of Burat ward are provided with title deeds,” Guyo said.
Land Disputes in Isiolo
Moreover, Isiolo residents raised the issue of land disputes and insecurity in the region in May this year when the head of state visited.
Likewise, the public asked President Ruto to look into the protracted land disputes pitting local communities in Burat and Ngaremara wards against the Kenya Defence Forces.
The land dispute involving the KDF degenerated into a legal matter, which slowed down efforts to register the community land.
Besides, locals accused the military of hiving off part of the community land and causing several deaths after allegedly planting explosives near homes during training.
“The military has already put-up beacons on one of the disputed pieces of land despite existing court cases, making us fear we might be reduced to squatters in our own county,” a report by Nation Africa reads.
President Ruto Takes a Swipe at Azimio Protests
While addressing Meru County residents, the head of state criticized the opposition over the protests stating that Kenyans were tired.
Ruto stated that Kenyans had made clear their stand against people causing chaos in the country.
“The people of Kenya have spoken loudly that they do not want chaos, anarchy or property to be destroyed. And when the people of Kenya have spoken it is like God has spoken,” Ruto said.
He further commended security officials for firmly and professionally dealing with individuals destroying property during protests.