Land Commission censured over unending Mombasa problems
25 November 2014, 16:15
Mombasa - Two leaders from Jomvu Constituency have asked the National Lands Commission to intervene and provide title deeds to Jomvu Kuu squatters who have lost their land to private developers.
Jomvu Mp Badi Twalib and area ward rep Karisa Nzai said hundreds of locals living in the entire Jomvu Kuu ward do not have title deeds for their land.
The two leaders who were speaking at Jitoni Primary School in Jomvu Constituency during a public forum with locals appealed to the National Lands Commission Chairman, Mohammed Swazuri to send a land team to unearth land challenges that have engulfed the region.
Jomvu Kuu, Mikanjuni and Jitoni are the most affected areas.
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"The National Land Commission should come on the ground and meet with the people; they are the ones to offer detailed land issues that affect them,” Badi stated.
The area ward rep and member of the Mombasa County Assembly asked the locals to stay put until NLC addresses the issue warning that any eviction will be a violation of the law.
This comes as area residents who will be displaced to pave way for the construction of the multibillion standard gauge railway that will traverse through their homes demand for compensation from the government.
Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho, Changamwe MP Omar Mwinyi and his Jomvu counterpart had in the past threatened to block the project if the government fails to initiate proper compensation framework.
Affected families have been calling for compensation accusing the government of plotting to deny some of those who lack title deeds of their money.
Transport Cabinet Secretary, Michael Kamau and NLC Chairman, Mohammed Swazuri had earlier promised fairness in compensation for land from those to be displaced by the two projects.
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