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Msambweni residents ready to defend their land

19 August 2014, 21:01

Kwale - Mwaembe and Kisima Chanze community have vowed to defend six acres piece of land they claim is theirs in court if Kwale government insists they are not legal owners.

Led by Mohamed Mwatandara, the community said the land belong to them and that they have all necessary documents which was given to them after agreement with the former leadership in the area.

 “How do they call us land grabbers while the hospital land itself was given by our parents and now they want to take even what are not theirs? We will not allow that to happen,” said Mwatandara.

He said that the community gave out land to the government totaling to 31 acres which have been put to use while the 6 acres which lies along the beach belong to them.

 “The land was being grabbed by outsiders and after getting approval from county council we obtained title for the hospital land which is 15 acres and other government offices which we gave them,” said Hassan Ngenya.

He said the governor should not even dare attempt to intervene because he knows nothing about this issue.

“They want to take the beach land for their own benefit and not hospital as they are claiming,” said angry Ngenya.

The 6 acres of land in question laying along Mwaembe beach is plot number 3412-2 acres,3404-2 acres and 3411 –2 acres.

“We want to develop the land by building hotels so that youths can get jobs and hospital staffs to get houses,” he added.

Ngenya said they have partnered with a willing investor to help them accomplish their mission of developing the land.

The elders were refused to address the meeting attended by Governor Salim Mvurya on Saturday in Msambweni.

Ndavaya MCA Juma Masoud said if there will be no land they will be forced to transfer the hospital to Kinango where there is enough land.

“We cannot expand the hospital in the ocean or the air there must be land and so those thinking for selling part of hospital land let them forget,” said Masoud.

Omar Mwakwambirizwa said Kwale leadership will do what they can to protect land belonging to locals and government.

“Don’t be tricked and sell land to tycoons,” he added.

Mwereni MCA Kassim Pojjo said that without land the hospital cannot be expanded.

Msambweni MCA Khatib Dzugwe was cautious on the land issue saying the elders need to meet county leadership and see the way out.

“We have not differed there is a room for you to bring documents and we can see what is the next step to be taken,’ said Dzugwe.

Governor Salim Mvurya was categorical that land brokers in the area have cost them a lot and so they should not be allowed.

“They have made us to lose respect in the country. We have to give the referral hospital all facilities needed and that means land is a must,” he added.

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