Mombasa County to flush out land rates clearance frauds

Mombasa Lands, Housing and Urban Renewal CEC Mohamed Hussein. He said an internal audit has revealed that there have been fraudulent clearances of land rates in the county./COURTESY

The Mombasa County government is planning to publicize a list of individuals involved in illegal or fraudulent clearance of land rates in the county.

According to Mombasa County Executive Committee Member (CECM) for Lands, Housing and Urban Renewal Department Mohamed Hussein alias Amadoh, an internal audit has shown that there have been fraudulent clearances of land rates in the county.

“The department will publicize a list of the affected land parcels in the coming week,” said the Lands CEC.

Also read: Mombasa property owners have until end of March to pay land rates

Affected landowners should provide an official payment receipt issued by the county government or bank slips or even m-pesa message as proof of payment within seven days of the public notice advertisement.

CEC Hussein said failure to submit proof of payment within the allocated time will lead to the revocation of the said land rate clearance.

“This is also a warning to those who are fraudulently dealing with land owners, my department is taking measures to ensure we rid of such dealings and ensure accountability and transparency in the dispensation of service to the people of Mombasa,” he said.

The newly sworn-in CEC also advised land owners to take advantage of the e-services to keep up-to-date on their dues.

He said the department will collaborate with the Ministry of Lands to provide digital land services that will enhance and streamline land transactions for property owners in Mombasa.

Contractors and Developers warned
Building under construction./COURTESY

During a press briefing at the County offices, the Lands and Housing CEC warned contractors and developers not adhering to the law.

“This includes; people submitting architectural and structural drawings and building differently from what has been approved by County engineers, and developers connecting sewer lines to storm water drains illegally,” he said.

“Such blatant disregard will warrant action by the county government on contractors and developers not conforming to the approved building works,” he added.