Uasin Gishu County Leaders are expected on Saturday in Kesses farm as negotiations begin in bid to facilitate fast tracking in the issuance of title deeds to hundreds of locals living in the entire area who do not have title deeds for their land.
Speaking at Kesses Trading Centre during a public forum,the locals appealed to the area leadership to intervene in unearthing the land challenges that have engulfed the region.
“We are requesting the local leadership to come on the ground and assist the people; because this land issues has blocked the initiation of major development projects in our region,” said Kesses Youth Leader Victor Bittok.
The locals said plans by New KCC Director Kipkurui Langat to put up a milk cooling plant in the area were thwarted by the lack of a land title adding that the same issue was also threatening to block a project negotiated with the Minister of Agriculture Felix Kosgey to construct a maize milling plant in Kesses.
“If title deeds are issued, this crucial documents will enable us as a community to engage in meaningful economic activities,apart from a milk cooling plant we also have talked to the Agriculture CS to put up a milling plant in the area but that cant be realize without proper land ownership,”added Bittok.
The locals have pleaded with the Government to fast track the programme to issue title deeds to Kenyans because land is an important factor of production.
Governor Jackson Mandago,Uasin Gishu County Assembly Speaker Isaac Terer,Kapseret MP Oscar Sudy and area MP James Bett are among the leaders expected to attend the meeting that is set to mark a milestone in resolving land problems in the region. They are expected to visit the area on Saturday 17th January 2014 in bid to solve the title issue and unearth the rot in the eviction threat to locals by well known personalities in the area.
Governor Mandago had last year outlined a raft of measures to improve the lives of residents in Kesses when he toured the area saying issuance of titles was a priority, sentiments that were supported by area MP James Bett.
“I will prioritise the matter and I emphasize on it because through this we will open up the economy of the county,” said Mandago.
Kesses farm is rated as one of the very sensitive regions in Uasin Gishu County as far as the issue of land is concerned. It has been grappling with the land question which subsequent regimes have been unable to or unwilling to resolve.
Last week residents of Kesses held a meeting seeking to address the issue of squarttership due to lack of title deeds. They said the thorny issue facing Kesses people and other parts of the country was majorly that of lack of title deeds to prove land ownership among the people and called on the local leadership to assist.
They have pinned their hopes on area leaders led by Kapseret MP Oscar Sudy, who owns close to 40 Acres of land in the area,a strategy they say will address issues of title deeds in order to solve the land question which has manifested itself in many ways including fragmentation, breakdown in land administration, disparities in land ownership and poverty.
Kesses has been grappling with the land eviction threats between communities and alleged absentee landlords but there are well knowledgeable senior community members in possession of accurate data with regards to the said parcel of land, who are being depended upon in solving the glaring anomalies with regards to details of the land which is home to over 5000 households.