Houses on KPA land face demolition in 2 weeks
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.