Uhuru Rescues Nairobi Families After 45-year Anguish

President Uhuru Kenyatta pictured in Nairobi Slums on August 10, 2020.
  • President Uhuru Kenyatta is set to issue title deeds to over 30,000 residents of Embakasi Ranching Company, Tassia Estate, and the Korogocho and Mbagathi informal settlements after 45 years of waiting.

    A statement by the Ministry of Lands and Physical Planning highlighted that the event will be part of the president’s Nairobi Titling Programme, which was launched in 2018 to fast track the issuance of title deeds to bonafide landowners in Nairobi.

    During the Makadara Day celebrations in May 2020, the president insisted that the centrality of land in the socio-economic conversation was part of the Big 4 Agenda for economic transformation.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta pictured in Nairobi Slums on August 10, 2020.

    “A critical motivation for waging the war of liberation against colonial rule was land. Regaining our land from the colonial masters and laying a personal claim to it was a motivation for the struggle. 

    “That is why the “title deed†became a sacred emblem to majority Kenyans. It is a token earned from a struggle of sorts,†he stated.

    The Lands Ministry indicated that National Titling Programme had seen over 5 million title deeds issued in different parts of the country in just 8 years.

    “After 50 years of independence, 6 million title deeds were issued by 2013 when I assumed the Presidency of our nation…but in only eight years, an additional 4.5 million title deeds have been issued under my administration,” a past statement by Uhuru reads.

    500,000 title deeds have been issued since then, bringing the total number title deed issued during the Jubilee Party administration to 5 million. 

    In 2015, during the issuance of title deeds to squatters of Waitiki Land, the president stated that land issues would be addressed so that no politician would use land to gain political mileage. 

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    President Uhuru Kenyatta inspecting the construction of hospitals in informal settlements on Monday 10 August 2020.

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