By Ben Leshau
More than 600 members of Naisoya Adjudication section in Narok North Sub County recently got a huge reprieve after the Government pledged to issue them with title deeds after a 30 year-long wait.
While addressing a public baraza at Naisoya health centre, County Commissioner George Natembeya who is now Rift Valley Regional Commissioner said the government will end the long standing dispute among the members of the community that had derailed the process of land adjudication in the area.
The land issue arose back in 1990 when the late senior chief Kerionke ole Ntutu led Commission put boundaries of the forest land hence evicting people who had settled in the 5, 700 hectares of forest land.
A portion of the residents have been protesting the move and despite filing a case in court demanding compensation, their petition was dismissed, hence giving the land officials a go ahead to adjudicate the remaining 7, 500 hectares that they owned.
The land that sits adjacent to Maasai Mau forest and is less than 30 kilometres far from Narok town is one of the major food baskets of the county as wheat, maize, beans and potatoes do well in the area.
“We as government are busy planning to flush out all the illegal settlers in the Mau forest yet some of you (residents) are still imagining of getting land in the forest? If you have such thoughts, forget about it because not an inch of the forest will be demarcated to any citizen,” he said.
Natembeya also blamed the spiritual leaders and politicians who are the officials of the community land committees against misleading the community thus delaying the issuance of title deeds.
Narok County Adjudication Officer Amos Musyoka asked the residents to visit his office to verify their names in the register. Within 60 days before the title deeds are processed.
Last year, the government evicted about 7, 200 people from Kosia part of Maasai Mau forest reclaiming 4,500 hectares of forest land.