Mvita sub-county residents want the government to urgently address the issue of land titles arguing that most of them do not possess the document.
Speaking to the media in Mombasa on Thursday during a community dialogue forum on housing organised by Haki Yetu organisation, Sammy Chalo a Tudor resident claims most of the locals have ‘blanket titles’
Mr Chalo says the matter requires urgent redress noting that it frustrates their efforts to solve the land question in the sub-county.
Noted Mr Chalo, “Most of the locals have blanket land titles. As most of the residents pay land rates to the county government,”
Implement the Ndung’u land Commission Report
At the same time, Haki Yetu Organisation Land and Governance officer John Paul Obonyo urged the national government to fully implement the Ndung’u Land Report terming it a more ‘transparent and open’ document that addresses land challenges.
Mr Obonyo further points out that recent research shows that out of a cluster of 50 people, only 2 are aware of their plot numbers in the sub-county.
“Some of the county officials lack interest in county planning and budgeting. Who then is ready to implement the Ndung’u Land Report?” Quizzed the lobbyist.
Obonyo noted that land grabbing is rampant in various parts of Mombasa County.
Faulty County drainage systems
Meanwhile, Juhudi Community Support centre Executive director Simon Katee took issue with the county drainage system terming it a concern.
He says there is a need for the county government to strategize on how to improve the entire drainage system in the county.
“Most of the residents in Mvita sub-county lack information on who owns the land they live. The earlier town council failed to consider the future of the county while undertaking physical planning.
According to Katee, most of the locals in the entire county are unaware of the physical planning by-laws.
Developers flouting physical planning rules warned
Mvita Sub County Administrator Salim Kingi issued a stern warning to private developers in the area who he claims have a tendency of flouting physical planning rules.
“The problem of flouting physical planning rules is rampant especially in areas of Majengo and King’orani. Most of the houses are congested rendering faulty drainage systems.
Mombasa Women for Peace executive director Grace Oloo urged Mombasa County locals to adhere to the county physical planning by-laws.
She, however, notes that sensitization is key in ensuring that citizens are conversant with land matters.