Home Counties Kilifi Joho criticises government for charging Waitiki land squatters Tuesday January 26 2016 email print Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho addresses Mwijabu Primary School pupils in Changamwe on January, 6 2016. He has criticised the government’s plan to make squatters at Waitiki Farm pay for plots received. PHOTO | WACHIRA MWANGI | NATION MEDIA GROUP In Summary Governor Ali Hassan Joho has faulted the government’s plan to make squatters at Waitiki Farm pay for plots received. During a campaign rally for Malindi Orange Democratic Movement candidate Willy Mutengo on Monday, Mr Joho said it was the right of squatters to get land from the government for free. Advertisement By DANIEL TSUMA NYASSY More by this Author Governor Ali Hassan Joho has faulted the government’s plan to make squatters at Waitiki Farm pay for plots received. Mr Joho insisted that it was wrong for squatters to be charged for the land “whereas internally displaced people elsewhere were given land and money”.During a campaign rally for Malindi Orange Democratic Movement candidate Willy Mutengo on Monday, Mr Joho said it was the right of squatters to get land from the government for free. “Someone comes here and tells squatters to pay Sh182,000 for the land before they can own it. Getting land is our right”, the governor said. He added that in other parts of the country, land had been dished to squatters who also received between Sh200,000 and Sh400,000.Mr Joho said making squatters pay would set a bad precedent and defeat the purpose of settling the landless. Related Content DOLAN: Waitiki, land reform or mere politics? Now Uhuru starts Kilifi tour President Uhuru Kenyatta while giving out 5,000 title deeds to Waitiki Farm squatters at Shika Adabu Grounds on January 9 said money borrowed from the Settlement Fund Trustee to buy the land from Mr Evanson Kamau Waitiki and must be repaid. AGAINST PAYMENT PLAN The President’s announcement was opposed by local leaders. MPs Masoud Mwahima (Likoni), Mr Abdulswamab Nassir (Mvita), Mr Khatib Mwashetani (Lunga Lunga), Mr Rashid Bedzimba (Kisauni), Ms Zainab Chidzuga (Woman Rep, Kwale) and her Mombasa counterpart Mishi Juma Mboko were among leaders against the payment plan.During the Shika Adabu meeting, Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko clashed with Governor Joho who had complained that the President snubbed him. Speaking at Majengo ya Barani in Mtwapa, Kilifi last week where he ordered 300 squatters out of a 21-acre piece, National Land Commission Chairman Muhammad Swazuri warned against invasion of private land.This was after some squatters said they took the decision because the government would pay the owner “like it did with Waitiki Farm”. email print Related Stories Fri Jan 15 16:39:48 EAT 2016 DOLAN: Waitiki, land reform or mere politics? But coast residents need to know where this exercise is going. Sun Jan 17 01:55:00 EAT 2016 Now Uhuru starts Kilifi tour In the headlines The transformation of Ababu and Karua Once some of the fiercest critics of Uhuru and Ruto, LPK and Narc-Kenya leaders are now in Election 2017: Who will be president? Some are career politicians, others are teachers, one recently returned from the US, and another Prosecutors want Boniface Mwangi arrested Ex-Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega dies The rise and fall of Noriega May, Corbyn clash over Brexit Waiguru seeks to block lifestyle audit JUST BRENDA: My girlfriend can't cook, help!