Kericho Governor Paul Chepkwony has promised to go after current and former government officials and their associates who have stolen public land in the county since 1963 and repossess the property.
He said his administration will set aside adequate funding this financial year for surveying and documenting all public land.
Addressing residents during the inaugural public audit of county land assets forum on Tuesday, Chepkwony said he was dismayed that since independence, nearly all public land in the county had remained unsurveyed and without land titles, making them vulnerable to land grabbing cartels.
“My administration is fully prepared to hunt down those responsible for grabbing public land whether they served in the National or county government and recover our county’s wealth.
No land will be stolen again from the people of Kericho,” he said. He also presented to the public a list of 31 parcels of public land which are under the county government and which have an estimated combined worth of more than Sh2.6 billion.