DP Ruto issues12,000 title deeds to three settlement schemes

Deputy President William Ruto on Monday issued 12,000 title deeds to residents of three settlement schemes in Mbeere South constituency, Embu County.

Mr Ruto said issuance of title deeds remains key to solving the land problems across the country.

Speaking in Kiritiri grounds, the Deputy President said the issuance of the title deeds to residents of Wachoro, Riakina and Gichechie settlement schemes were part of the Government efforts to empower the youth.

“We pledged to find lasting solution to the land problem across the country and this is what we are doing. Residents here have been waiting for the titles since 1972,” said Mr Ruto.

“We are here because we have to solve land problems. This is our work as Government,” added Mr Ruto.

Mr Ruto said the Government was committed to solving lands problems across the country.

He said Jubilee promised Kenyans when it took over in 2013 that it will priorities issues pertaining to land, saying it will continue with the process of issuance of titles as the only way to solving the land problems.

Present were MPs Goeffrey Kingangi (Mbeere South), John Muchiri (Manyatta), Charles Kanyi (Starehe), Cecily Mbarire (nominated), Jane Wanjiku (Women Rep, Embu) , Njeru Ndwiga (Senator, Embu) and former MP Norman Nyaga.

The Deputy President who also opened Kiritiri land registry said 51,000 titles for residents in Riakanau, Karaba and Makima settlement schemes would soon be issued to their owners.

Mr Ruto asked leaders to forget their political differences and take a common stand on matters of development.

“Issues of elections, looking for positions and propaganda ended with the last general election. It’s now time leaders focused on service delivery,” said Mr Ruto.

He asked Kenyans to say no to leaders who wanted to dive them on political or ethnic backgrounds to attain their selfish interests.

“As Kenyans we should not allow some leaders to divide us for their own selfish gains. Political competition is now over,” said Mr Ruto.

The MPs said they would only support  a referendum to amend the Constitution so long as it is aimed at reducing the country’s soaring wage bill.

Mr Muchiri said they will support Mr Ruto for presidency in 2022.

“Mr Ruto is a hustler like majority of Kenyans and we are ready to support him for the presidency in 2022,” said Mr Muchiri.

Mr Ndwiga said they are ready to support a referendum aimed at amending the law to reduce the burden on Kenyans.

Mr Muchiri, however, cautioned that Kenyans were not ready to support a referendum aimed at creating positions for political losers .

Ms Mbarire said calls for change of the Constitution were ill advised, saying it was meant to erode the strides that have been made by women in the political arena.

“If there will be a referendum to amend the constitution, lets have an all- inclusive process. But changing the laws will erode the gains that have so far been made by women on matters of leadership,” she said.

Mr Ndwiga said it was wrong for Mr Raila Odinga to threaten Kenyans that there will be a referendum to amend the constitution whether some leaders like it or not.

“No on should threaten us. It is Kenyans who can decide if we can have a referendum to amend the Constitution or not,” said Mr Ndwiga.

The Deputy President said the Government was committed to addressing the problem of water facing residents of Mbeere so as to enable them engage in farming now that they are being issued with land title deeds.