Mombasa leaders in head-collisions with KENHA over evictions in the county

Mombasa leaders in head-collisions with KENHA over evictions in the county

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Francis Thoya, Mombasa County Land Executive

Mombasa County Government differed with the Kenya National Highway authority (KENHA) over how road projects implementations were being conducted in the county.

County executive for Lands, Housing and planning Francis Thoya accused KENHA of disregarding the county leadership on issues of eviction of residents from areas allegedly reserved for road constructions in the county.

He also accused the authority of failing to consult the county government before forcefully evicting people in Jomvu and Bangladesh where houses were recently demolished and livelihoods destroyed.

“The big problem that is there with government institutions is when you come from Nairobi, your office is the county commissioners, and you don’t go anywhere else. From there when you are told, you go and demolish. We can’t work like that there is a county government and a national government that we recognize.” said Mr Thoya.

Mr. Thoya reiterated that the apology given by KENHA over the evictions  was not quinine and came too late when people had already suffered.

“As we talk now, this KENHA is forcefully evicting people in Thome because of dongo kundu by pass.”

Bulldozers and police reportedly moved into Jomvu area at the night of 17 May, while most residents were sleeping and demolished homes and business structures.

Rashid Bedzimba, Kisauni Member of Parliament addressing his constituents recently.
Rashid Bedzimba, Kisauni Member of Parliament addressing his constituents recently.

More than 100 residents were left homeless while properties of unknown value demolished according report released recently by Amnesty International.

The report based on a study conducted in June, July and August 2015 by Amnesty International  and dubbed “Driven Out for Development; Forced Evictions in Mombasa Kenya.” called for an end to forceful evictions in Mombasa and the country.

Proposed Community Lands Bill

Meanwhile, Kisauni Member of Parliament Rashid Bedzimba vowed to lobby other Members of Parliament to reject the proposed community lands Bill when it comes for debate in Parliament.

Bedzimba claimed the bill has ignored many issues particularly on land problems at the Coast region.

“We will ensure through all means this bill does not go through, its not us alone who oppose the bill even MPs from pastoralist communities are against it and hope many Kenyans are against it too” Bedzimba added.

He was speaking  on Saturday during a public rally called by Land activists to sensitize Kisauni residents on the land bill.

The Bill has received opposition across the political divide as CORD MPs in particular terming it a ploy by a click of powerful people who opposed the new constitution to derail the land reform process in the country.

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