National Land Commission (NLC) is now investigating a case where a 9 acres piece of land belonging to Nyali Primary school in Mombasa has allegedly been grabbed by a Private developer.
Addressing press on Wednesday during a tour of the school, NLC chairman Mohammed Swazuri confirmed the ongoing investigations regarding the land.
“We are obliged to investigate the circumstances that led to the 6 acres of land not being given to the school and being given to the private developer, ideally priority should have been given to the school,” Dr.Swazuri said.
According to Swazuri, already construction is ongoing on a 3 acres of the disputed land in which the county government has so far approved , with the focus now on the remaining 6 acres.
Muslims for Human Rights (MUHURI) acting on behalf of Nyali Primary School management wrote a letter dated 20th February 2014 to NLC seek for their help to recover the disputed plot.
“It has come to our attention that land plot-zone 2.M.N. which was originally allocated to Nyali Primary School for expansion through a District Development Committee meeting (D.D.C) was irregularly allocated to a private developer since 1991. Efforts to have this land revert back to its intended use have been futile…” Read part of the Letter seen by Baraka FM.
According to Dr. Swazuri the land should have been given to the school as plans were underway to have the school build a Secondary School for the growing Nyali population.
“We don’t have a secondary school in Nyali though the population is gradually increasing, land ought to be given to help such developments,” added Dr. Swazuri
The school Principal Mr. John Kombo said parents were even ready to contribute money to purchase the piece of public land.
NCL Chair guaranteed the school management that the commission will investigate more and explore possibilities of channeling the land back to the school.