KBC possession of land illegal, Mombasa lands official

A section of land in Samburu County

The national broadcaster no longer has ownership rights of a disputed land in Nyali constituency, the Mombasa County Lands Executive Antony Njaramba claimed on Monday.

Mr Njaramba said that even though Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) owns a legitimate title-deed for the 22-acre piece of land near VOK in Mombasa County, it lost ownership after it contravened special conditions set in 1997 by subdividing the plot for development.

Speaking to the press at his office, the county executive said KBC’s action of subdividing the land into eight plots allowed the defunct municipal council to revert the land to public property at the county government’s disposal.

On Friday,  the tussle over the land intensified after Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho led a group of people to pull down a wall erected around the plot by KBC.

“We found around 20 people building a perimeter wall yet the contractor does not have a certificate to show that he can subdivide the land for construction. This means they are doing so against the law and are bound to be arrested and charged,” Mr Njaramba said.

Mr Njaramba said that the county will take legal action against Mombasa Regional Coordinator Nelson Marwa after the contractor claimed he was the one behind the construction of a perimeter wall.

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