Malindi residents protest sale of public property
14 March 2012, 12:48
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Community at Gede area in Malindi district took to the streets on Tuesday almost paralyzing business activities in the tourist’s hub protesting against misappropriation of properties and selling of relief food by the area chief and political leaders in the area.
They accused the area Chief William Baya Thoya for allegedly selling public land meant for community development projects to private developers and also allocating to himself big chunks of land.
Also they accused him for allegedly selling relief food to businessmen in the area whenever it is availed in his office as well as unnecessary eviction to locals from their ancestral lands.
Led by their spokes person Sidi Jeremia alias Mama Ngangari they accused the provincial administrator and said they did not trust him any more.
She said the chief who is supposed to assist them by protecting public land from being grabbed by tycoons he instead turned to be land broker of the public land and vowed force him out of the office.
“We want the government to fire the area chief and his assistant because they have almost sold public land meant for community developments to private people.
They have also allocated to themselves chunks of land from the same public land,” said the irritated woman.
She said the government should either intervene or fire the chief or they bring down all houses and his office as well as that he has built at the claimed community land.
“We are telling the government to intervene by the end of today (Tuesday) or else we are going to destroy all these houses here which he and his colleagues are building while we know very well it is a public land,” she noted.
She said efforts by public to erect business structures at the public land were futile as the chief through his administration police brought them down.
Some of the people who have been allocated land in the area were Dabaso counselor Anderson Nyundo who claimed he was in meeting when contacted for comment over the issue by journalists.
“When we put business structures at the public land meant for community developments the chief sends his officers to destroy them because he has sold the land already. In fact we have managed to get receipts from some of the people he sold the land to,” she said.
Marieta Bendera a widow who can not recall her age told journalists that she was forcefully evicted from her land by the area chief to give way to a private developer.
She said her houses were destroyed and properties as well during the incident but her effort to get assistant from the area MP Gideon Mung’aro did not yield fruits.
Bendera said she was shocked by the sad news from the chief that she was supposed to move from her own home the same day.
“I wonder if am a Kenyan or a refugee from a neighboring country if my own grand child who was born few years ago still occupying the land can forcefully evict me and not even giving alternative land,” narrated the old widow weeping.
She urged the government to intervene and assists them as they are suffering in the hands of ruthless provincial administrators.
The area chief however dismissed the claims and accusation placed on him by the community as mere propaganda just meant to mud his reputation.
“Get this from me those are just propaganda there is nothing like what the community is claiming. They are just out to tarnish my reputation,” he said.
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