Families living in govt-owned houses get titles

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By PETER ESILA
TWENTY families residing in the National Housing Corporation properties around the country have been given titles.
Housing and Urbanisation Minister John Kaupa, who handed out the titles on Friday, said the government had introduced giveaway schemes because the houses were rundown and the families had been living there for decades.
“I have seen that titles needed to be given out and files have been living in the managing director’s room forever.
“I thank the property manager and the managing director and the management who made it easy to get titles within that short period of time.”
He said giveaway schemes were government’s plan to give houses to citizens.
“I haven’t made a new law and to giveaway titles like that. I think I will do it every Christmas until all the files in the office of the NHC managing director are empty,” Kaupa said.
He said some files were still being processed by the Lands Department and Internal Revenue Commission for tax purposes.
“If they clear it, we will still give titles,” Kaupa said.

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