With regard to the increase in land dispute cases among locals in Bungoma County, the Deputy County Commissioner Bungoma North Sub-County Philip Koima has asked locals to adhere to the law when selling or purchasing pieces of land in order to reduce such cases.
The Senior DCC however noted that it had come to his attention that a huge number of locals lack legal documents that prove ownership of the pieces of land they own, urging them to stick to the law when selling or purchasing pieces of land.
His call comes amid increase in land dispute cases in such a circumstance where dependants whose parents sold sections of the land and are now deceased fail to adhere or respect the written agreement hence resulting to land disputes thus threatening peaceful co-existence among locals in the community.
Koima, appealed to the locals to stick to the law while writing agreements when purchasing or selling property so that in the event there arises a dispute there will be a mechanism of easily dealing with the issue.
Residents in Bungoma County at large, who lack land title deeds, have been asked to apply for the legal document showing evidence of land ownership from the Lands Registry under the Ministry of Lands in order to have the legal right of ownership.
He appealed to the government officials in charge of handling land dispute cases to adhere to the provisions of the law by ensuring the cases are well resolved in such a manner that all the parties will be satisfied in order to enhance peaceful co-existence among the residents.
With regard to a few cases of crime among the youths who move around at odd hours engaging in criminal acts, Koima noted that the law will soon catch up with them citing the raft measures put in place to curb such incidents.
By Otindo Aggrey.