Mokowe residents in Lamu protest over massive land grabbing in the area

Mokowe residents in Lamu protest over massive land grabbing in the area

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Residents in the area on Monday protested over massive land grabbing in the region. PHOTO: NATASHA NEEMA.

Lamu, KENYA: Hundreds of Mokowe residents on Monday took to the streets to protest massive land grabbing by tycoons in the area.

Mokowe town is host to the multi-trillion new port project LAPSSET that has continued to allegedly attract grabbers and investors in equal measure.

Business in the town was temporarily brought to a halt after over 600 residents demonstrated against the influx of land grabbers; who were allegedly  posing as investors.

The residents who carried placards and sang chants, accused some county leaders of joining hands with grabbers to frustrate land own owners.

Led by land activist Ishakkia Yunus,the residents marched to the county headquarters in Mokowe where they handed over 3,634 signatures collected in support of the county government survey exercise.

The survey had been stopped abruptly but the resident want it completed to enable them get title deeds for their lands.

“The only way we can protect our lands from being grabbed is if the survey exercise started by the county government is left to continue.the signatures collected serve as proof of what the majority want and so shall it be.The Lapsset is attracting lost of grabbers and we are scared for our lands,” said Yunus.