Tension high as Lamu county plans to survey beach plot

Tension high as Lamu county plans to survey beach plot

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All is not well between Mgini village residents and Lamu county government over a planned land survey of prime 1,700-acre beach plot in Kwasasi. Locals fear is premised on the fact the planned survey will lead to land grabbing after being declared the landowners. Lamu county governor is Fahim Twaha. So bad is the situation on the ground to an extent that the locals, having lost trust with county government, now want the state to intervene in the land survey and issuance of title deeds for their 1,700 acres of ancestral land.The locals within the 700-hectare beach plot have also raised fears over county government land officials’ motives to carry out a land management and subdivision survey, saying such a plan would leave them exposed to land grabbers. The county government advertised over a planned survey of various unregistered public land parcels within the county to ensure squatter living on their ancestral land gets title deeds in the next financial year which has since raised eyebrows. The county government has set aside Sh7 million in its 2020/2021 financial year budget for land survey, management and title deeds processing and issuance for the prime Mgini village area in Kwasasi which borders the Lapsset area. Omar Shahali, a Mgini village resident said that they are skeptical over the county government’s intentions to issue all landowners with a five-acre title deed regardless of whether one has more land acreage. Lapsset which had laid claim to their land that the county government stepped in to claim custody over their land. Fear is that the planned survey will be open to the land to grabbers by unscrupulous land officials. However, Lamu Lands and Roads CEC Fahima Araphat, said that on the contrary, the residents’ fear of possible land grabbing by county land officials was unfounded. She said that the county’s only concern was to ensure that the squatters get titles to their land, ahead of further land management by the county government.