Chiefs and their assistants who demand bribes and other incentives to release title deeds to recipients will face the sack, the government has warned.
Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiang’i warned the administrators and other officials that the government will not condone extortion in the ongoing accelerated issuance of a million title deeds.

Speaking in Makueni and Machakos counties after kickstarting the issuance of over 68,000 title deeds, the CS reiterated that the documents will be issued free of charge as the government races to beat the deadline promised by President Kenyatta last month.

He said landowners will receive the documents free of charge, and that no officer will be spared if found soliciting bribes through the process.
“These administrators have been tasked with overseeing the distribution of the titles to their owners. We have made it very clear that no one should pay a penny for their title. We won’t entertain any rent-seeking through this exercise,” he said.

Makueni will receive 25,063 titles while 43,000 documents have been sent to Machakos during this last phase of the national titling programme that will see President Kenyatta’s administration match the six million titles issued under previous post-independence regimes.

Said the CS: “Cumulatively, President Kenyatta’s government has issued more than six million titles, a record that beats the total deeds issued under the previous regimes combined since independence.”
With the elections under a month away, the CS urged Ukambani residents to vote wisely to safeguard the continuity of the land reforms and the development agenda initiated under President Kenyatta.

“We need transformative leaders who will carry over the good work. Don’t forget how crucial these documents are and how long you have had to wait to acquire them. Vote wisely.”

He cautioned men and other heads of families against taking advantage of the title deeds to sell family land. Instead, he advised the new title holders to exploit the document to secure resources to invest in income-generating ventures.

Amid the biting drought that has ravaged livelihoods in Easter region, the CS directed government administrators to conduct a census of residents in dire need of relief food.

He said the government has mobilized adequate food relief to ensure all the affected households are assisted.

“We have been having these meetings with the development partners to discuss the development of our country, and how we are planning to ensure that there is an effective, very successful transition, and that our country continues and remains stable even after the elections,” he said.

The CS also reiterated that the government will accord the IEBC the necessary support to deliver a credible poll.

He said, “Our democracy has come of age; the people of Kenya want a peaceful election, a peaceful transition of power, and continuity so that we can have a stable country. We are ready, prepared and totally committed to support the Commission to deliver on this mandate.”

The meeting was also used to update development partners on the government post-Covid-19 economic recovery strategy, with Treasury PS Dr. Julius Muia highlighting key interventions and the post-election economic outlook.

The meeting also reviewed the drought situation in the country with records revealing that close to five million people in 23 ASALs counties face hunger and acute water shortage.

The development partners, through their chair, Frans Makken, undertook to increase their support for Kenya in its efforts to mitigate drought and famine.

The meeting was also attended by ICT Chair Joe Mucheru, Attorney General Prof. Kihara Kariuki, Deputy Inspector General Edward Mbugua, and Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) CEO Carol Kariuki.