Mombasa posses land worth 1.6 billion as businessmen surrender
13 March 2014, 18:43
Mombasa - The Mombasa county government has repossessed land worth KES 1.6 billion after a businessman surrendered a 20 year-long tussle in the courts.
While handing over title deed to the county government of Mombasa, renowned businessman Rashid Sajjad said he has finally agreed to return the land that belonged to the county government of Mombasa after a negotiation between the county government of and the anti-corruption commission.
“Although we bought these lands from the county government predecessors we have seen the need to return this land to the public,” said Sajjad
Sajjad said he is willing to partner with the county government of Mombasa to develop the already surrendered pieces of land.
Ethics and anti-corruption commission Chairman Mumo Mutemi commended Sajjad and Comen limited for coming forward and negotiated a settlement of the cases pending in court and agreeing to surrender the lands back to the public.
“We urge others individual to emulate Sajjad and hand over lands that they acquired and belong to the public,” said Mutemi.
The commission urged all Kenyans to support their asset recovery initiative by reporting any cases of individual possessing an y irregularly acquired public property.
Mutemi’s sentiments were echoed by Mombasa county governor Hassan Joho.
Joho said the county government of Mombasa will work with Sajjad through the public private sector partnership to see the already reposed land put into good use.
He challenge the county assembly Of Mombasa to come up with an anti corruption bill that will help tackle corruption and land grabbing in the county.
“We are the leaders chosen to work for the people of Mombasa its upon the MCAs to formulate laws that will protect public land,” said Joho.
Among the pieces of land repossessed by the county government is the Uhuru garden, Bamburi Beach, vita clinic and Buxton gardens.
Sajjad has agreed to surrender Uhuru garden, which he bought from the municipal council of Mombasa in 1995 at 55 million when the council was in dire need of money to pay its striking workers.
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