Houses on KPA land face de­mo­li­tion in 2 weeks

Daily Nation (Kenya) - - COUNTY -

At least 40 houses sit­ting on land be­long­ing to the Kenya Ports Au­thor­ity (KPA) in Mom­basa will be de­mol­ished after two weeks, the Na­tional Land Com­mis­sion (NLC) has said. Some of the houses are near nav­i­ga­tional routes.

In an in­ter­view with the NLC Chair­man Muham­mad Swazuri said the com­mis­sion and the Mom­basa County gov­ern­ment will bring down the build­ings.

“There are more than 37 parcels of land be­long­ing to KPA that were grabbed. We is­sued a gazette no­tice to the oc­cu­pants last year, ask­ing them to va­cate. The dead­line has elapsed and what re­mains is re­mov­ing them,” said Dr Swazuri.

He said some of the houses are on the Shelly Beach beach­front in Likoni as are some of those close to the nav­i­ga­tional aids.

Pala­tial beach prop­er­ties in Kil­ifi are also among those to be de­mol­ished. “The iron sheet roofs of some of the houses re­flect on the nav­i­ga­tional aids, lights pos­ing as a se­ri­ous dan­ger to those op­er­at­ing ves­sels, who have re­peat­edly com­plained about the mat­ter. It is hard for them to op­er­ate their ves­sels as they ap­proach be­cause of those houses,” said Dr Swazuri.

The planned de­mo­li­tions come in the wake of an op­er­a­tion by the Mom­basa County gov­ern­ment that be­gan last week.

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