Mombasa, KENYA:Mombasa county government has accused Kongowea ward representative Jabess Oduor for allegedly colluding with private developers to grab land belonging to the county.
Speaking to the press on Monday, Land, Planning and Housing officer Jabu Salim, claimed the land had been acquired by a private firm affiliated to the MCA using forged documents.
The 0.3570 ha of land as indicated in the document tabled and read before the press by Mr. Salim, is located at the junction of 4th Avenue and Baobab Road in Nyali Area.
‘’It is an open space and part of the road reserve for both 4th Avenue and Boa Road junction. The space was left open to enable visibility of oncoming traffic,’’ asserted Mr. Salim in statement.
The officer also defended the county government’s move to demolish the wall that had been constructed by the firm surrounding the battled land.
‘’ To construct such walls one must acquire permission from the county government which they never did,’’ said Mr. Salim.
His sentiments were echoed by Governor Hassan Joho’s political advisor Major Mohammed Idriss.
Mr. Idriss together with a county administrator were on Sunday arrested and later released on cash bail, for leading youths and county officials to bring down the walls.
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Mr. Idriss further said the county government had instructed its lawyer to file an assault case against the Kongowea MCA Jabes Oduor and Bamburi deputy OCS following the Sunday’s skirmish.
However, on Tuesday he is expected to appear before a Shanzu law court to face a contempt of court charges;for disobeying court orders restricted trespassing the land.
Jabes who claims he had acquired the land legally had not responded to the allegations raised against him by the time of going to press.