KNA A multiagency team has been created to address land ownership disputes and stop invasion of privately owned lands within Mombasa County.
County Commissioner Gilbert Kitiyo said the team of officers from the ministry of lands, national government administrative officers and other agencies has been tasked to thoroughly probe any land ownership dispute and take appropriate action.
“We have formed a team to look into land issues in the county. We have people who move around with court documents to claim some land. Even those court orders will have to be scrutinized,” added Mr Kitiyo.
He further said the government is ready to deal with cases of land invasion around the county, which he linked to politicians eyeing elective positions.
“We are dealing with professional squatters in the county. People who sell their lands and move to invade other private property. These squatters will not be tolerated anymore and will be treated like criminals,” he observed.
The County Commissioner warned politicians not to take advantage of the electioneering period and incite people to invade private land saying various security apparatus have been alerted to deal with such criminal activities.
He also warned various gang groups operating in the county including Wakali kwao and Waka
“We don’t want people to take advantage of elections to invade private property and we are also aware of involvement of violent gangs. We are ready to deal with them,” he added.
The County Commissioner said 150 members of Kisauni and Nyali based juvenile armed gangs have surrendered this year following government amnesty to criminal groups operating in the county.
“We call upon other criminal gangs to take advantage of the amnesty and surrender otherwise they will be dealt with accordingly,” added Mr Kitiyo.
Last week, Mr Kitiyo said over 900 radicalised youths, who have undergone de-radicalization programmes have been integrated back into the society in Mombasa and have been inducted into meaningful income generating activities.
“Some of those youths have been given boats to start fishing. Boda-boda (motorcycles), tuktuk (rickshaws) and money to start businesses and earn decent income,” he added.
He further said the government will not relax various measures it has put in place to wipe out armed gangs taking part in different crimes including terrorism.