NLC revokes nine islands title deeds

National Land Commission NLC chairman Mohammed Swazuri accompanied by other officials from the commission during their tour at Ramisi area in Kwale county./Brivian Simiyu

Kwale, KENYA: The National Land Commission (NLC) has revoked 25 title deeds for nine Islands alleged to be owned by private developers in Kwale County.

Speaking on Saturday at Bodo village in Ramisi ward, Msambweni sub-county, NLC chairman Mohammed Swazuri said the islands which are public property were illegally acquired and fraudulently allocated to individuals.

“We have found out the private developers acquired the parcels of land in the islands meant for the public illegally. We have taken bold steps to reposes all public land that had been allocated to private developers,” said Swazuri.

The commission further issued a 90 days ultimatum to the developers to vacate the islands and surrender their title deeds by February 20.

“The title deeds were revoked following the decision by the court that the nine islands are public land and those who claim ownership are just cheating themselves for they cannot use the documents to claim ownership,” said Swazuri.

He called on security apparatus to make sure that those claiming ownership of the islands return their title deeds to the commission for validation and thereafter leave immediately.

The said islands include Makasi, Vamia, Milimani, Vyongwani, Kinazini,  Mwamboje, Samaa, Ngoji and King’amboni