By Peter Kombe & Mwakwaya Raymond Mwakwaya
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National Land Commission has issued a 21days ultimatum to residents and businessmen who operate within Tononoka area which is a government land to submit their legal ownership documents for verification.
Chairman Muhammad Swazuri said the Commission has embarked on a verification program that will enable the government to reposes land owned by people with fake documents.
Speaking to various stakeholders in Mombasa on Monday, the chairperson ordered the claimants to lodge formal documents to the commission explaining how they acquired their different parcels of land.
The NLC boss noted that the commission has received several complaints concerning Tononoka plot which includes the Tononoka Childrens Court.
“We are asking those claiming ownership to write to us and tell us how they acquired their plots. This area include the Tononoka Children’s Court and the historical Tononoka ground,” he said
The NLC boss stressed beyond any reasonable doubt that the Tononoka plot is a government land mapped and dated 1914 as per land records.
He further explained that any government structure erected during the pre colonial period had unique features including red tiles (Mangalore type) with origin from India.
“It is no doubt that this area is a government land. All governments’ plots had a unique characteristics” he added
He noted that the role of the commission is to protect all type of land whether public, community or private land from invasion by private ventures.
The NLC chair indicated that Mombasa County is one of the areas with escalating cases of land grabbing.
He noted Kizingo area within the County as one of the areas with several cases.
He however assured Kenyans that there is no parcel of land without a title deed insisting that all land is on record at the lands office.
“All the land in Kenya is recorded in the lands office. There’s no land without a title,” Swazuri noted
He further indicated that some claimants have a tendency of rushing to courts seeking for court orders to safe guard their personal interests.
Swazuri claimed that some of the court orders are not genuine.
He appealed the judicial systems to thoroughly scrutinize all court orders presented before court to avoid illegal occupancy.
The chair noted that the first ever title in Mombasa county was given out in 1832.
He said the law does not allow illegal ownership of land
The National Land Commission of Kenya is an independent government commission whose establishment was provided for by the constitution of Kenya manages public land on behalf of the national and county governments.
It initiates investigates into present or historical land injustices and recommends appropriate redress, and monitor and have oversight responsibilities over land use planning throughout the country.
It was officially established under The National Land Commission Act, 2012.