Families in fear over land tussle with Methodist church

A section of Ganahola village. Image used for illustrations only. photo :courtesy

More than 10 families in ​​Ganahola village in Jomvu Constituency, Mombasa County are crying for justice after the Methodist Church allegedly claimed the land they live in.

Led by Ganahola village elder Mr. Chai Jefa, they said the area MCA Jacton Madialo and deputy county commissioner for Jomvu informed them of an impending eviction.

According to Jefa, the two leaders warned them that the Methodist church wants the land as it has its title deed.

“For three days, we have received threats at night from our MCA that people from Methodist church in Meru want us out of this land because they are the bona fide owners. We appeal to the government to come to our aid”, he said.

The residents have now asked the leadership of the church and the local MP’s office to intervene.

“We urge our Mp Badi Twalib to help us. Where will we go with our children?” they posed.

The said area has seen massive developments in recent times despite the tussle between the Methodist church and locals.

“The law says that if you stay on a particular land for 12 years, that land belongs to you and you should not be evicted”, said another resident.

However, the area MCA could not be reached for comment at the time of publishing this story.