Squatters in Kisauni cry out for justice over ancestral land
17 June 2016, 21:21
Mombasa - More than 150 squatter families in Lamkani area of Bamburi in Mombasa are crying out for justice over the alleged grabbing of their ancestral piece of land by private developers.
At least 50 members of the squatter families are now facing trespass case at the Shimo La Tewa court house since 2010 and want the case expedited.
Their representative Alfred Mwalimu Charo protested that they are facing a lengthy and costly legal battle for trespass and want the court presided over by principal magistrate Diana Mochache to throw out the case.
He said the trespass case facing them since occurred at the Kisauni sub-county administration office where representatives of the squatters turned up for a meeting to resolve the dispute only to end up in a police lorry and taken to cells.
‘We turned up at the local administrator’s office in Kisauni sub-county in order to resolve the matter amicably but unfortunately we ended up in the courts facing trespass’ he said adding that they have settled on that ancestral land for many years and do not have anywhere else to go.
He said they were surprised today when they turned up for a ruling only for the case to be deferred for the sixth consecutive time causing anxiety.
‘We were expecting a ruling to be made today to end the long suffering of the squatters but to our dismay the same has been deferred for the umpteenth time’ he said.
Charo said the controversial land is an ancestral and that they had rightly inherited it from their ancestors pointing out that the private investors were busy building the 135 acres parcel of land.
He says the homeless and vulnerable squatters are ignorant of the legal processes available and most often end up losing their land to individuals with vested interest who collude with corrupt land officers.
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