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Mombasa County wants NLC's help in recovering 624 acres of grabbed land

27 January 2015, 21:45 Ken Wekesa

Mombasa - Mombasa County has requested the National Land Commission (NLC) to repossess more than 624 acres of grabbed public land in an effort to get rid of unscrupulous land developers in the region.

Lands County Executive, Francis Thoya has put on notice land grabbers saying that the County and National governments are coming for them and if found guilty they will face the full force of law.

The Mombasa County executive was speaking Monday during the National Land Commission hearings on review of grants and disposition of public land.

He stated that most of the grabbed land was mainly road reserves, government houses, school land and ocean shores.

“It is unfortunate that some businessmen resort to unscrupulous tactics of grabbing public land rather than going through the rigors of the markets and getting to own land legally,” Thoya stated.

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He further added that land issues have been a major problem in Mombasa and were having adverse effects on investor confidence.

His sentiments were echoed by Mohammed Swazuri who stated that the NLC stays committed to ensuring that historical land injustices are rectified.

Swazuri said that counties have already started putting up measures to ensure that land management policies within their respective areas are rectified.

He however revealed that Mombasa is yet to form a Lands Management Board that will work closely with NLC to help streamline land issues.

“There is a lot of work that needs to be done to remedy the Lands injustices ailing the coastal region especially,” Swazuri stated.

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