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11,000 set to get titles as Waitiki farm survey ends

By Patrick Beja | December 22nd 2015

About 11,381 land and property owners on the controversial 930-acre Waitiki farm in Likoni will next month be issued with title deeds.

This comes after land officers completed a survey on the disputed parcel.

Senior lands officials said yesterday they were transmitting data electronically and physically to the National Titling Centre in Nairobi's Ruaraka for processing of title deeds to be issued by President Uhuru Kenyatta on January 5.

Director of Physical Planning Augustine Masinde and Director of Surveys Cesare Mbaria, separately confirmed yesterday that action had now shifted to Ruaraka where the processing of titles had commenced.

Mr Masinde, backed by Special Administrative Officer Joseph Kanyiri, was given a December 21 deadline to complete the survey on the Waitiki farm to ensure titles were ready.

Yesterday, Masinde said they were on schedule after preparing the list of beneficiaries, registration index map used to produce titles, area list showing all plots and their sizes, and the physical development plan indicating access roads, public utilities and basic standards.

"We have achieved critical milestones in the programme and the data is being transmitted to Nairobi for processing of titles.

"We are happy that we met the set deadline despite a number of challenges we encountered," he said.

Mr Mbaria said the Government has selected a special team to process the titles at NTC.

Landowner Evanson Waitiki announced at a public rally at the Shika Adabu Primary School grounds last month that he had surrendered his 930-acre farm to the Government for the settlement of squatters.

This ended a nearly 20-year court battle for the prime property.

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