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Muthaura letter to former Lands PS ignored

By | December 19th 2009

Despite a directive by President Kibaki that the families be resettled, Government officials have given the order a wide berth and the victims continue to languish in poverty.

The families petitioned the President during a tour of Nandi North District in 2007 to resettle them and end their agony. Head of Civil Service Francis Muthaura wrote to then Lands Permanent Secretary Kombo Mwero directing him to fasttrack the settlement of the families as the President had acceded to their requests.

"Fast track the settlement of Ogiek community evicted from Kipkurere forest in Nandi North District as the President has directed that appropriate action be taken," read Muthaura’s letter OP/CAB.26/1/3 A dated December 21, 2007.

In the same letter seen by The Standard on Saturday, Muthaura instructed the PS to deal with similar issues in Tharaka, Tigania, Embu and Baringo districts.

It includes establishment of a land registry at Marimanti, start of adjudication and registration in Tharaka District, establishment of land registry at Tigania District headquarters and issuance of title deeds to residents.

In the same letter, Muthaura ordered the PS to finalise processing of title deeds for Mwea Settlement Scheme, which has been outstanding over a long time, and speed up issuance of title deeds for Kiambare and Kianjiru.

Processing and issuance of title deeds to the residents of Marsabit phase I, II and III was also to be acted on by the lands PS who endorsed an acknowledgment of receiving the letter on January 8, 2008. But to date, the families at Kipkurere forest are yet to see the yields of the correspondence between Muthaura and Government officials.

"We have followed up the matter with the relevant government ministries but to date our case has not been addressed even though all the other issues raised by Muthaura were expeditiously dealt with," said Patrick Tabut the chairman of the Kipkurere/Kapkoros Ndorobo Welfare Group.

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