Investigations into the grabbing of ocean land at Kibarani in Mombasa is now focusing on government officials accused of facilitating the illegality.


An office complex which has been built on the reclaimed Kibarani dumpsite in Mombasa. Investigations into the grabbing of ocean land at Kibarani in Mombasa is now focusing on government officials accused of facilitating the illegality. PHOTO | FILE| NATION MEDIA GROUP

On Monday, the National Land Commission (NLC) summoned top government officials to explain why they gave licenses allowing reclamation of ocean land.

The officials from National Environment Management Authority (Nema), Kenya Forest Services (KFS) and Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) appeared before the commission in Nairobi.

NLC acting chairperson Abigael Mbagaya said the officials include some directors.

“All those officers are to appear before us and answer questions regarding the grabbing of the ocean land. We have established that the officers gave licences for the construction of buildings at the said public land,” Ms Mbagaya told the Nation.

The summoning of the officials is part of efforts by the commission to revoke the land titles as directed by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

In July, President Kenyatta ordered NLC to revoke Kibarani dumpsite land allocation to private developers and have it turned into a recreational facility as requested by Mombasa county government.

Ms Mbagaya said the report on the inquiry will be handed over to the President at the end of this month.