By Mbarak Abucheri.
Muslims in Kericho County have a good reason to celebrate following revelations that they would be availed land title deeds by the Kericho county government.
Like other Majengo areas in several parts of the country,the over 3,000 residents many of them Muslims,have remained landless and without land documents.
”Kericho county government is making efforts to provide land documents to Muslim residents in Kericho,”said Governor Paul Chepkwony while addressing Muslim faithful at a wedding ceremony held at Kericho Tea Hotel on Sunday last week.
Chepkwony told those Muslim residents with genuine letters of allotment to visit and seek for assistance from his office on how to obtain title deeds.
The revelation by the governor is a relief for the residents who have for more than 70 years clamored for the land documents from successive governments without success.
He said county development programmes will be extended to all residents without discrimination and urged Muslims in Kericho to play a more viable participatory role in development matters.
”I want to assure you we are going to do everything possible as the county government of Kericho to cater for your needs and aspirations particularly in matters of development, ‘he said.
Governor Chepkwony said the county government recognizes their role and contribution to the development of the county and assured that they shall be involve and included in matters pertaining to development programmes and that their constitutional human rights will be protected and respected during the process.
The residents led by the Supreme Council of Kenya Muslims (SUPKEM) Kericho chapter secretary Sheikh Abdul-Aziz lauded the move and called on the county government to speed up the process which will enable them develop their land pointing out that lack of ownership documents has been a major obstacle for the development of the area.
Sheikh Abdul-Aziz called for the process to be done in a transparent and accountable manner to ensure that only bona fide residents are issued with the title deeds.