State ap­points team to as­sess and solve Kilifi land prob­lems

The special com­mit­tee is the only hope for ad­dress­ing the dis­putes. Out of the eight land dis­putes Par­lia­ment was han­dling, three have been set­tled, says MP Mung’aro

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties - ELIAS YAA @TheS­tarKenya

Lands CS Ja­cob Kaimenyi formed a special com­mit­tee to deal with land prob­lems as the Ju­bilee ad­min­is­tra­tion is com­mit­ted to ad­dress­ing the dis­putes, Kilifi North MP Gideon Mung’aro has said.

“The special com­mit­tee is the only hope for ad­dress­ing the land is­sues in the re­gion and this is one of the ma­jor com­mit­ments the gov­ern­ment is un­der­tak­ing to end the prob­lem,” he said.

Speak­ing to the Star on the phone on Wed­nes­day, Mung’aro said a team led by Nancy Wan­gari from the Min­istry of Lands has toured the county to as­sess the sit­u­a­tion.

There have been many land own­er­ship dis­putes pit­ting lo­cals against in­vestors.

They in­clude a dis­pute over 230 acres in Bofa pit­ting Bri­tish farmer Tony Stubbs and fam­ily against more than 400 lo­cals from the Nayeni/ Mibuyuni Squat­ters’ As­so­ci­a­tion who claim it is their an­ces­tral land.

At Ihaleni in Mavueni, an on-and­off in­va­sion has been wit­nessed on 6,000 acres of land. About 5,000 lo­cals from the Ihaleni Com­mu­nity Land As­so­ci­a­tion want to take it from a pri­vate com­pany.

At Kibarani, 4,000 res­i­dents, mem­bers of the Kibarani Ward Pro­gres­sive As­so­ci­a­tion, have sev­eral times in­vaded 350 acres be­long­ing to Mil­len­nium Man­age­ment.

The com­pany took over the man­age­ment of the Kilifi cashew nuts fac­tory after its col­lapse in the early 1990s. Res­i­dents want to take over the land, a sit­u­a­tion that has seen sev­eral in­va­sion at­tempts on the land.

The three com­mit­tees re­cently at­tended a meet­ing in Nairobi with se­nior lands of­fi­cials.

“After the meet­ing at the lands of­fice, a special com­mit­tee was formed and was sent to as­sess the sit­u­a­tion. The three is­sues will soon be ad­dressed,” said Mung’aro.

Mung’aro said the par­lia­men­tary Lands Com­mit­tee has set­tled some land dis­putes.

“Out of the eight land dis­putes, which we were han­dling as Par­lia­ment, three of them have been set­tled among them land owned by vet­eran politi­cian John Keen in Kibarani ward, the Takaungu land dis­pute in Mnarani ward and the Ki­wan­dani vil­lage land dis­pute in Sokoni ward,” he said.

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