Sonko surrenders his 3.8 acres of land
03 September 2013, 11:28
Ukunda - Nairobi county senator Mike Mbuvi alias Sonko surrendered his 3.8 acres of land to the Land Cabinet Secretary Charity Ngilu in Kwale that was grabbed from locals and sold to him by the then Kwale leaders.
He surrendered title of his land that he claimed was sold to him by the then leaders in the area at a fee of KES 9 million without knowing it belonged to innocent locals of Ukunda in Kwale county.
“Former Msambweni MP Omar Zonga is the one who sold the land to me but I have decided to surrender the land to the government so that it can be divided to locals," he said.
He said the government should revoke Kinondo settlement scheme following a court ruling that the land be given to locals but the then leaders divided amongst themselves and other top government officials.
Ngilu said there has been a lot of irregularities in the allocation of land in Kwale which they (leaders) are going to deal with them.
“I have a file which I will present to you showing that on 2 January when we continue, campaigning tycoons were awarded 24 000 acres of land at a fee of only KES 900. Meaning there are those who pocketed a lot of money from that allocation of land,” she disclosed.
She promised the county government of Kwale and locals that her ministry will decisively deal with the matter until the land is returned back to locals.
“I am on the driving wheel and experiencing very strong political will from the president and his deputy and I assure you that I will use it to make sure you get your right. It is your right to have a title, don’t be worried,” she added.
Ngilu said she has been allowed by President Uhuru to do a thorough land audit, warning cartels obtaining land to sell them off for profits that their days are numbered.
She said such people will not at any point be given a chance to sell off the land, but will be forced to release them to the rightful owners.
The minister urged President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto not to be cowed by their critic’s utterances and instead champion their agenda of serving Kenyans by first giving them title deeds which are a factor to production.
"Those criticizing you for coming down to distribute tittles to citizens, they should know you are the president of Kenyans who you are serving and not tycoons. I know you are focused and determined to ensure 'wananchi ' now get their right to use their land to be more productive and to do away with poverty,” she said.
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