Red flag raised over dubious land allocation

Thursday September 22 2011

By GALGALO BOCHA [email protected]

A parliamentary select committee has raised the red flag over dubious land allocation at a proposed settlement scheme in Lamu County.

The Lands and Natural Resources Committee accused land officers in the area of allocating plots to some councillors and government officials in the proposed Ras Kitau Settlement Scheme.

The committee, which is headed by Gachoka MP Mutava Musyimi, said it would summon Lands minister James Orengo, permanent secretary Dorothy Angote and Lands Commissioner of Lands Zablon Mabeya to explain why politicians and civil servants were sneaked into the list of beneficiaries.

“We are going to summon them — including Lamu West MP Fahim Twaha, Lamu West DC Stephen Ikua and all officers behind the mapping and balloting for plots in this scheme — to shed light on what really transpired,” the Rev Musyimi said.

The committee started its tour by visiting Pate, Mtanga Wanda and Siu following a question in Parliament by nominated MP Shakila Abdalla over questionable land allocations in Lamu County.

“The committee has to remove all names of non-indigenous people from the final list and ensure the project only benefits genuine landless people of Lamu County,” Mr Musyimi told reporters after touring Ras Kitau Island.

The Gachoka MP announced that the committee would do a forensic audit of the list of beneficiaries in the scheme to ensure that no shadowy figures sneaked in their names.