Even though more than a half of the members had died during the 30 years it took to resolve issues and court battles that arose and stalled subdivision of the ranch, all members have now received between 230 acres and 280 acres
Up to 5 per cent of the owners of the vast Emarti ole Narau Group Ranch will have to wait longer before obtaining title deeds to their parcels of land.
According to group ranch officials, the delay has been occasioned by family disagreements on the name(s) to appear on the crucial document.
Group Ranch Secretary Josiah ole Kirisuah said that subdivision of the 13,000-hectare ranch was complete and each of the 130 members had been allocated their parcels. Title deeds were issued on May 27. Those families yet to receive title deeds will be issued with the document once they resolve their internal wrangles.
“We have subdivided and apportioned the entire ranch and no land is left. We have however set aside parcels for public utility that have been surrendered to the county government,” said Rev. Kirisuah.
Even though more than a half of the members had died during the 30 years it took to resolve issues and court battles that arose and stalled subdivision of the ranch, all members have now received between 230 acres and 280 acres. This includes 11 families who went to court after they were excluded and won the case, forcing the ranch to allocate them portions as well.
The ranch is located in Mashuuru Sub-County of Kajiado East constituency, in a semi-arid area suitable for livestock rearing. This is the main preoccupation of the local Maasai community that largely inhabits the area.
Group ranch officials have discouraged the community from selling their parcels of land, a problem that has time and again reared its ugly head in Kajiado County. Many Maasai families have also fallen victim to fraudsters and lost their parcels of land in other areas in the county, hence the caution.