, MOMBASA, Kenya, Aug 3 – National Land Commission Chairman Muhammad Swazuri has named three companies irregularly allocated land at the Kibarani dumpsite.
Ancient Inland Seas, Khalid Ahmed Limited and M-Tech Limited are the companies owning four parcels of land at the controversial dumpsite.
On Monday President Uhuru Kenyatta directed the Swazuri-led commission to revoke the title deeds of the said companies and return the land back to Mombasa County Government to put up a green park.
On Friday, Swazuri toured the dumpsite and said that the land initially belonged to the Ministry of Livestock and was being used as a holding ground for livestock meant for export through the Port of Mombasa.
He said the total acreage of that land is 32 acres, but so far only eight acres are remaining.
Ancient Inland Seas has two parcels of 0.4 ha and 1.3 ha, whereas Khalid Ahmed Limited has 0.5 ha and M-Tech has 2.6 ha.
Swazuri said the records of those four parcels of land mysteriously went missing at the Ministry of Lands.
“However, we have a backup. Government records can never go missing. We are now giving a one-week notice for whoever claims ownership of any parcel of land around here to appear before the Commission on the week of August 15,” said Swazuri.
He said they were surprised to also realise that seven companies had been allocated land reclaimed from the Indian Ocean.
“That is how bad we have reached. We have people who were allocated water. In land laws, no one can be allocated water,” said Swazuri.
He said each person who was allocated land in that area will have to appear before the commission to say how they acquired it.
“We want to know how this land changed hands from the Ministry of Livestock to the private individuals. The companies say they are paying rates, how is it possible that Mombasa County was dumping garbage on private land? Those are questions that need to be answered,” said Swazuri.
Mombasa Lands Executive Edward Nyale said Kibarani has been in existence for over 50 years and the said three companies came into picture in 1994.
“This, therefore, means that they got this land irregularly,” said Nyale.
He said the green park project has to continue.