Former First Lady Mama Ngina Kenyatta, in collaboration with former Taveta MP Basil Criticos, has initiated legal proceedings related to a piece of land measuring 1062.3 hectares in Taita Taveta.
The duo has taken the Chief Lands Registrar and the Attorney General to court, alleging that they have not been issued a Certificate of Title for the aforementioned land.
In their legal petition, Mama Ngina Kenyatta and Basil Criticos are urging the court to compel the lands registrar to furnish them with the original Certificate of Title for the land referenced as LR No. 10287/7 Taveta, asserting that they are the rightful registered owners of the property in question.
According to court documents, the applicants jointly operate and own the land, LR No. 10287/7 Taveta. They contend that despite being registered as joint proprietors prior to the subdivision of the land, they have not been issued the Certificate of Title for over a year since the property was registered under the provisions of the land registration act.
The legal dispute arises from the subdivision of the land, where different parties were allocated portions, each obtaining its respective Certificate of Title. Mama Ngina Kenyatta and Basil Criticos assert that the lands registrar has neglected to issue them the required certificate, thereby impeding their ability to hold tangible evidence of their ownership of the specified parcel of land.
The applicants argue that the lands registrar, as the custodian of such documents, bears the responsibility to clarify the reasons behind the denial of their Certificate of Title. They emphasize that the lack of issuance has resulted in the violation of their right to possess a valid certificate as proof of their ownership.
Recognizing the urgency of the matter, the court has granted the applicants leave to challenge the issues raised. They are expected to serve their motion within the next 14 days. The case will be revisited on March 5 for an update on compliance with the court’s directives.