Mombasa, KENYA: There was drama in Likoni when dozens of residents of Bububu area in Mtongwe, on Wednesday staged a protest against the daughter of a former minister who had visited the area.
The residents allege that Hadijah Shakombo who is daughter to former National Heritage minister Suleiman Shakombo,had visited the area in an attempt to erect a fence in the controversial community land.
The irate residents reportedly regrouped and staged a protest on learning that the Shakombo family had arrived in a lorry loaded with building materials, ready to erect a permanent fence.
The over 100 families who claim to be owners of the land, told reporters that the land was subdivided to them by the government 10 years ago and that they were told they would be given title deeds.
Shakombo’s family had to run away from the irate members who had started chanting haki yetu!haki yetu!.
They said Mr Shakombo was the then area Mp and also minister,hence using his position to allegedly grab a large piece of land and subdividing it to his friends and family members.
Armed with a document dated March 2016,which was written by Ministry of lands and housing to the National Land commission Mohammed Swazuri,and copied to Mombasa governor Hassan Joho,the demonstrators vowed to take the law into their own hands if any structure is put up before the problem is solved.
They added that they have seen names of 50 individuals who have been put in the list as beneficiaries of the land, who are not legit.
This they said they obtained at the county government; this is after storming their offices seeking clarity over the matter.
“The county government investigation of the same revealed that about 95 percent of the people who benefited from the scheme were outsiders. The local people of the area were wrongly evicted during the acquisition of the Mwandoni land of Mtongwe area to expand mtongwe Navy base,”reads part of the letter signed by Francis Thoya county secretary.
Nora Babu, a village elder, told Baraka FM that they were born there and that they are the real owners of the land. He said that some suspicious characters have been visiting the said land alleging to be owners.
He said some even came from Kisumu and neighboring counties of Kwale and Taita.
Another resident Hasan Kutembela, alleged that some powerful politicians from Mombasa and Kwale counties who have invaded the land, have been frequently visiting the area.
“We are being told that the land has owners,we have to move.Where are we going yet we are the residents we were born and brought up here,”protested Mr Kutembela.
When contacted to respond to the allegations, the former minister Suleiman Shakombo defended himself saying the land issue had been tainted with politics by some individuals whom he did not name.