Uhuru cancels planned visit to issue title deeds in Kibera over security reasons.

A ceremony during which title deeds were to be issued to Nubians in Kibera was on Sunday cancelled.

Plans for the ceremony, which President Uhuru Kenyatta was expected to attend, raised tension in the area with a group of residents who claimed they had been left out staging violent protests in the Kibera slums on Tuesday.

However, Presidential Spokesperson Manoah Esipisu maintained that the event had initially not even been booked in the President’s diary.

“You cannot cancel what was not even there in the first place. The President was not to have any function at Kibera today (Sunday),” he said.

The event was organised by Lands Secretary Charity Ngilu at a venue adjacent to the District Commissioner’s office.

Kibera is considered an ODM stronghold and was represented in the last Parliament by then MP for Langata Raila Odinga. Kibra MP Kenneth Okoth told the Nation that key stakeholders were not consulted about the function.


A visit to the venue on Sunday morning revealed preparations had been made to host the Head of State. Tents had been erected with the Presidential dais set up in anticipation of President Kenyatta’s attendance.

News that the event had been called off was received well by residents who lauded the President for his decision and urged him to reconsider his entire approach of giving out title deeds there.-nation.co.ke

A man takes part in a demonstration along Olympic road in Nairobi on December 3, 2013 over a plan by the government to issue title deeds in Kibera to members of the Nubian community. PHOTO | JEFF ANGOTE

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