President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday put a smile on the faces of Nubian community after issuing them with a title deed for 288 acres of land in Kibra. The Head of State issued a certificate of incorporation for the land that was part of the Kibra military reserve established in 1902, and was originally 4,197 acres.
Sections of the reserve, where the Nubians were settled by the colonial government, have been used for public utilities, including Nairobi National Park, the Lang’ata Cemetery, Lang’ata Women’s Prison, Jamhuri Park showground and residential estates in the past years.
The Nubian community has been appealing to successive governments to issue them with titles for what was left of the land, to no avail.
Speaking in State House in Nairobi on Friday, President Kenyatta told Nubian leaders, led by Sheikh Issa Abdulfaraj, the chairman of the Council of Elders of the Kenyan Nubians that “ultimately we have found justice for you and I am very proud.”
The President assured the Nubian community that the government will work with the community to make their land a model city by providing proper planning and public utilities.
“Kibra should not be a tourist venue for people to come to see desperation and poverty,” said the President.
“You have lived in Kibra for many years without knowing whether you will continue living in your home the next day but that problem is now over,” he said and pledged to work with the Nubian community so that they can live with dignity, pride and prosperity.
Besides it being a bold move by the head of state to solve historical injustices, the issuance of ownership title to the Nubian community further brings to focus the achievement of Jubilee’s promise on title deeds.