Former Malindi mayor says did not buy/sale public land
16 March 2012, 09:52
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A former Malindi mayor, among politicians accused by residents of allegedly selling of public land to tycoons at Gede area in Malindi district has refuted the claims and said that there was no public land sold to him or to any person in the area.
Mohamed Menza told journalists on Wednesday that the claims were baseless and that they (leaders) had not sold the land as claimed though it was not a community land, two days after media published articles on Gede resident’s demonstration over politicians and provincial administration leader’s misappropriation of land in the area.
Showing a document containing names of genuine owners of the disputed land to journalists he said the group was just meant to tarnish leaders name noting that the disputed land has genuine owners and not a community land as residents claimed.
“The plots those people demonstrated claimed have their owners, they are not public land or community as they are making it to be believed. These people you can see in this map are the owners,” he noted.
He said the land was subdivided to several people back 1986 but owners failed to develop it adding that Malindi municipal had directed land surveyor to survey the disputed land before residents took to streets.
“We had advertised to locals that Malindi council would wish to take the plots and distribute them to locals since they had ghost owners but no any of Gede residents who showed interests then we distributed them to other people. Now they are coming out to blame leaders they are late,” he added.
The Gede north counselor went further to add that no locals’ land was grabbed as claimed by some during the demonstration. He accused Gede locals for going to the media instead of solving their problems with their leaders.
“Why did they instead of seeking assistance from we leaders, decided to call media to help them because they did not do what we asked them to do,” said Menza.
“There are those who got plots and started building houses but they experienced financial problems before completion so in that case they sold them to other people and that is allowed,” asserted Menza.
Early this week Gede residents demonstrated protesting against provincial and political leader’s misappropriation of public land and also selling of relief food.
They accused leaders for failing to help them in getting access to public land which they claimed was meant for community development.
They also complained of unnecessary eviction from their ancestral land by the same leaders whom they said are supposed to shield them from land grabbers.
However their claims have raised concerns by several leaders who distanced themselves from the claims saying they were just mere propaganda.
Issue of land grabbing in the entire Malindi district and Kilifi County at Large are wanting and government has for long time urged by locals to intervene since portions of lands meant for community developments projects have landed pray to Tycoons in the area.
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