Uasin Gishu Government Launches Land Management Committee (LMC)

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Uasin Gishu County Government through the Department of Lands, Housing, Physical Planning and Urban Development has established Land Management Committee (LMC), in a bid to streamline and provide input towards best land stewardship practices.
Deputy Governor H. E Daniel Chemno, has this afternoon addressed the committee and tasked them to ensure that they review, provide solutions to land injustices and provide clear records of land ownership.
“This committee is charged with provision of a trusted judgment of land ownership processes without favour so that every land record that goes through the committee earns the public trust.
I believe this is an able team to bring change even as regularization and new allotments are done,” said Hon. Chemno
CECM Agriculture Mr. Samuel Yego noted that the committee plays a major role in preserving land as a resource to ensure that it can be used in its intended form.
“Agriculture land must be preserved and protected to ensure that food production is not interfered with. Recreational, urban and trading centres are also key concerns in the management of Land,” said Mr Yego.
CECM Lands and Housing Eng. Nelson Maritim, in his presentation of the LMC roles, noted that the move by National Government to bring in the Ardhi Sasa system has been greatly welcomed as it will also provide data of the land especially on land rates and transactions that have been carried out in the land.
“We have a strategic plan in the department which will also serve to guide the committee on prioritization of parcels for land tenure and titling. Records need to be updated regularly and given safeguards to ensure that we can trace the records even years to come later,” said Eng Maritim
CPA Millicent Okonjo, took time to give the history of the land tenure system in Uasin Gishu noting the times that most public lands were grabbed and way forward to recover the parcels amid the rising need for expansion of Eldoret town.
Physical Planning and Urban Development Chief officer Mr. Kenneth Mbeka presented the land use plans, with specifications on residential, industrial, education, recreational, public, commercial and transportation.
Chief officer for Lands and Housing Adv Ruth Chelashaw in a rejoinder, said there are a number of things that need to be implemented as a MUST while approving plans, including that all buildings must have solar panels installed, besides providing land ownership documents.
Municipality Manager Dr. Tito Koiyet said that Land grabbing has been a common thing recently up to a level where individuals took over public land.

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