A massive land grab in Lamu on Kenya’s coastal region has been unearthed.
This was revealed by Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta who told an attentive nation that close to 500,000 acres in Lamu County had been irregularly allocated.
The president has directed Kenya’s Lands cabinet secretary Charity Ngilu to work with the National Land Commission to revoke these illegal allocation of public land. The land, the president revealed, was allocated to 22 private entities between 2011 to 2012.
The grabbed land, which totals about 70 per cent of all land in Lamu county.
The beneficiaries of these illegal land allocations include: Brick Investments Limited, Rusken International Limited, Mat International, itu Nyangoro (DA) Company, itu Conservative Self Help Group, Shanghai Investment Limited, Fincorp Investments (K) Limited, Kaab Investments, Sheila Ranch Limited, Dynamic Trading Co. Limited and Savannah Fresh Fruits Exports.
The president’s directive comes hot on the heels of a thorough audit of land dealings in Lamu county that exposed serious land frauds in the coastal county between 2011 to 2012.
President Uhuru revealed the scam when he addressed the press at State House, Nairobi. He had earlier in the day held a meeting with leaders from Lamu County and his security team.
Accompanying the President during the Press address were his Deputy, William Ruto and Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph ole Lenku, leaders from Lamu County, among others.
It appears that the prime land in Lamu County may have been grabbed for speculative purposes in anticipation of the scheduled Lamu Port and South Sudan Ethiopia Transport (LAPSSET) Corridor project. With the presidential order that the allocations be revoked, it appears that the President has nipped in the bud a land scam of unimaginable proportions.