The Star (Kenya)

State says it has no part in Nyali land row

- BRIAN OTIENO / South Africa News · Politics · Muhammad Ali

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.

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