By Mwakwaya Raymond
The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) is investigating alleged grabbing of several public beach plots in Mombasa.
EACC’s lower coastal regional Manager Mark Ndiema says the illegal excision of the plots mostly used as landing sites has caused much concerns.
“We have several cases of grabbing that we are investigating. During our beach cleanup, the residents also came out to inform us about some cases that we will look into,” said Ndiema.
Speaking during the pyrates beach cleanup exercise in Mombasa Mombasa in collaboration with other agencies, Ndiema said some of the cases under probe are at initial stages while others are at advanced stages of the restoration of the grabbed parcels.
He voted Pirate’s beach and Uhuru Gardens as some of the property that EACC has managed to recover from the grabbers.
Public lands and government houses are increasingly getting into private hands and this is one matter EACC says it is pursuing.
“In pirates, there are some cases we investigated and the land was returned to the public, Uhuru Gardens land is another case of the lands that we have returned to the public, we did investigations and established people had grabbed it,”Ndiema added.
In March 2020, president Uhuru Kenyatta ordered the repossession of all grabbed fish landing sites along the Coast.
Since the directive only Mkupe, Ngari, Tudor, Mtongwe and Likoni — fish landing sites have been surveyed and beaconed.
A document titled Nowhere to Land by the organisation in 2015 revealed that most landing sites at the Coast are not only neglected but are in the hands of the politically-connected individuals, churches, hotels and other government-owned agencies.
The Agency has conducted among other things, beach cleanup, corruption risk assessment, public sensitization, training on corruption, sports engagements to sensitize residents ahead of the commemoration of the international Anti-Corruption day this week.
“Residents have shown interest in sharing with us a lot concerning our services, remember the war on corruption is for everyone and we thank Mombasa residents for coming out in large numbers,” said Ndiema. The exercise coincided with the commemoration of international Anti corruption day, EACC in collaboration with other agencies like KRA and Mombasa county government