Kiambu County Governor William Kabogo has sent a stern warning to public land grabbers warning them that the government will repatriate its land.
Kabogo who spoke during a public land hearing held at Thika town hall on Monday stated that Kiambu County was leading in public land grabbing calling National Land Commission to intervene.
The governor however revealed that some National Land Commission staff colluded with land cartels to issue title deeds that ended in public land grabbing.
He blamed land offices for issuing title deeds on falsified documents noting that such denied innocent, poor Kenyans a right to genuinely own their properties.
Kabogo stated that land in Kiambu County was an emotive issue that required urgent attention challenging the commission to walk the talk in ensuring public utility does not end in hands of land cartels.
He revealed that the county had locked transactions involving Public land enlisted in Ndungu report adding that land matters ought to be given a permanent solution.
‘Kiambu county for instance has no single dam site remaining apart from one in Thika that still has issues; cartels have grabbed all public utilities, equipped with title deeds but we will still fight for this,’ stated the governor.
‘We urge the commission to intervene so that those people who are working in Ardhi house may stop issuing out lands that belong to the public; I also don’t know how the survey of Kenya can also continue working without consulting counties. They survey and approve lands whose cases have not been settled,’noted Kabogo.
The county boss also blamed banks for funding investments on land with fake title deeds. He asked banks to fact-check the documents given to the by investors before funding their investments.
‘We are also hoping that the commission will solve most of the land problems that are affecting Kenyans and Kiambu for that matter,’ observed Kabogo.
‘Buyers to be aware that you will lose all the public land that you’ve illegally acquired. We are the government and no grabber can fight us, we will do everything within our capacities and which is enshrined in the constitution to restore what belongs to the government,’ warned Kabogo.
The public hearing on public land which was officially launched by NLC chairman Mohamed Swazuri commenced on Monday and is expected to continue until Friday this week in Thika town hall.