By Stanley Mwahanga/Governor’s Press Unit
Kilifi County Governor Amason Kingi yesterday appointed Mr Charles Dadu Karisa as the new County Executive Committee Member in charge of Lands, Energy Housing and Physical Planning and Urban Development
Mr Karisa, an Architect and Physical Planning Lecture from the University of Nairobi takes over from Mr John Mazuri who died late last year following a short illness.
Kingi who oversaw his new Executive Committee member swearing in at the County government headquarters in Kilifi said the county is still facing major challenges in seeing that its residents acquire title deeds.
He said that even though the county government through the department of Lands had made strides in surveying and the adjudication of more than 25 settlement scheme, the National Government through the Ministry of Lands was slow in releasing title deeds.
“We have strive to see that our people in Kilifi get tittle deeds but its such a shame after all the work that we have put in surveying and adjudication of settlement schemes is still dragging for the past four years,” said Kingi.
He said the new Community land act was slowly eroding away powers of the county governments in ensuring that its residents get title deeds.
He also accused the National Lands Commission of sitting on various reports on lands issues in Kilifi after taking residents inputs on various controversial settlement schemes including the Chembe Kibabamche.
He said a lot of lands in the county was still under the hands of absentee land lords.
“A lot of residents in Kilifi still leave as squatters in their own lands. Areas like Junju in Kilifi South are still under the hands of absentee landlords leaving them no option but to seek redress in court. We are trying so hard to see that we resolve these issues but the National lands Commission should also come clean and release reports on lands in the county after taking the inputs of residents,” said Kingi.
Mr Dadu Karisa who now becomes the seventh County Executive Member in Governors Amason Kingi Cabinet said that he will work closely with the residents of Kilifi As they have the key in unlocking the perennial land problem in the county.
“We know the issues that affects the people of Kilifi in terms of lands and what we will try to do is first digitize the department lands registry before embarking on a rigorous campaign to see that our people gain access to titles deeds working closely with the National lands commission, Ministry of Lands and the residents,” said Mr Karisa.