End of Mwea Land Fights in Sight as Court Revokes Unlawfully Issued Title Deeds

The revocation of 320 illegally issued tittle deeds for the Mwea Settlement Scheme land is expected to end a long-standing fight between various communities over the land.

Ruling yesterday on the matter brought by Ngome Council of Elders, Embu Environment and Land Court Judge Y.M. Angima said that the subdivision of the land was unlawful.

The conflict arose as those who were being pushed out of the land after it was illegally sold and titles issued, fought back.

The Makima area is one of the four sections of Mwea Settlement Scheme that has been a source of conflict for about 40 years over the sharing of the 42,000 acres of land in Embu County between the Mbeere, Kikuyu and Kamba communities.

The four sections were adjudicated in 1980, but the issuance of title deeds remained pending until last year.

The adjudication of Mwea Settlement Scheme started in 1980, but stalled until the period from 2013 to 2016, when the Embu County government managed to demarcate, allocate and issue title deeds.

Addressing reporters at the Embu Law Courts after yesterday’s ruling, Kitui South MP Rachael Kaki Nyamai said there would be harmony between the community and peace if the National Land Commission takes charge and lawfully issues the title deeds.

She criticised politicians who had incited communities against one another, seeking political mileage.

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