Sh.40m Malindi Ardhi House to be built from January

Lands CAS Gideon Mung'aro with Magarini MP Michael Kingi and Kilifi county chief officer for roads Kenneth Kazungu during inspection tour of the site where the Ardhi house will be built in Malindi and the road that will be tarmacked./COURTESY

Malindi and Magarini residents will soon not have to travel to Kilifi to get title deeds or any other services related to land issues.

The government will commence the building of Malindi Ardhi House, at a cost of sh.40 million, in January 2021.

Speaking after touring the site where the building will be constructed, Lands Chief Administrative Secretary Gideon Mung’aro said the aim of the building is to bring services closer to the people and reduce the cost of traveling to Kilifi.

Mung’aro said it was sad that people from remote places of Malindi and Magarini had to travel long distances to get services.

“We want to open a registry here as we wait for the Ardhi House next year due to the budget constraints, for now services must go on, so we are trying to open up this place so that registry as we wait for the house,” said Mung’aro.

The CAS said the Ministry has partnered with Kilifi County government to ensure that the road is also tarmacked as it is in a poor state.

“We have agreed with the governor that as we bring the Ardhi house, they build the road, that is why he sent his officers here,” he said.

Mung’aro who was accompanied by Magarini MP Michael Kingi, Kilifi Lands CEC Maureen Mwangovya, Roads Chief officer Kenneth Kazungu and local administrators, said their aim was to ensure the temporary office is opened by December.

“Our people have suffered for a long time when looking for or seeking corrections for title deeds, they had to travel to Kilifi. Majority of them are poor and cannot afford the traveling costs but if the services are brought here, it will be easier for a person from Chakama or Hawawenje to come,” said Magarini MP.

Lands CEC Maureen Mwangovya said the opening of the registry in the area will also tackle the shortage of lands officials in the County.

“When this office opens, the number of officers will increase and services will be easily accessible for people of Malindi and Magarini,” said Mwangovya.

Construction of the roads is expected to kick-off by December this year.