Khaemba appoints team to tackle land atrocities

Trans Nzoia Governor Patrick Khaemba addressing members of public during the swearing in of an 11 member land task force at the county headquarters. Photo/CGTN

Trans Nzoia Governor Patrick Khaemba has established a county land task force that will be charged with the mandate of inquiring, documenting, and reporting on all matters affecting public land in the region.

The 11 member task force was formed to unlock a challenge of public land availability for development owing to past atrocities by the defunct Kitale Municipal and Nzoia county councils which abated cases of land grabbing.

“The encroachment of public land has been a big challenge in Trans Nzoia County. This has caused major delays in projects implementation and unwarranted conflicts with the people when a public space wrongfully occupied has to be vacated for development.

He said Kitale Town’s Population has more than doubled in the last decade and therefore land is required for its growth and expansion but land grabbing has derailed an expansion and upgrade plan by his administration.

“Trans Nzoia County is vast in terms of landmass, however the biggest challenge I have faced as a Governor is finding land for public investments. During my first term, I wanted to put up a milling plant but I could not get ready public land,” said Governor Khaemba.

The Taskforce has six months to Prepare an inventory of all public land in the county, ascertain the ownership and the process of acquiring the said ownership, make recommendations on the nullification of fraudulent land title deeds by necessary authorities, and repossession of all public land irregularly acquired.

“We are working with the National Government through the National Land Commission (NLC) and the National Titling Programme to secure tenure for public utilities and for the residents of the County,” said the county boss.

Trans Nzoia County also hosts public interest lands through Institutions like Kenya Agricultural Research Organization (Karlo), Agricultural Development Corporation (ADC), Kenya Railways (KR), Kitale Airstrip, Kitale Museum, and Kenya Wildlife Kenya Service (KWS) just to name but a few.

Members of the task force are Habiud Wasike, Diana Wabwile, Simon Chebii, Kipkorir Lagat, Emmanuel Mutange, Dorothy Nyukuri, Mourice Barasa, Margaret Kogu, Robert Wasike, Zachaeus Kitui and Patrick Nyongesa.