The Star (Kenya)
State says it has no part in Nyali land row
The government has denied involvement in the demolition of a mosque in Nyali that reportedly stands on disputed land.
The mosque was being constructed on public land amid claims its Turkish donor had issued Sh70 million for the purchase of land and construction.
MP Mohammed Ali insists the land has been earmarked for the construction of a chief’s office, a social hall and the office of the assistant county commissioner.
However, Coast regional coordinator John Elungata told the Star on the phone that the government has no interest in disputed lands. “We put up government offices in places where there are no controversies,” he said.
On Thursday, Ali visited the site where he announced he is ready to help construct a mosque in another location with no dispute.
However, the MP questioned Elungata, saying the county commissioner himself gave the order to stop the construction of the mosque. “Elungata is contradicting himself. He seems not to know anything about the case. I never stopped the project. It was he, after a petition from the residents,” the lawmaker said.
But residents claimed they were not consulted over the project.
The residents, including Muslim clerics, said there are enough mosques in the area and there is no need for another one.