3,200 families from Nguu Tatu area in Kisauni, Mombasa County have protested against what they claim is forced evictions by a private developer in their ancestral land.
The families cooked their food, ate and slept outside the Kisauni Legislature Ali Mbogo’s office on Monday.
Led by Robert Nugo, the locals said they have stayed in the 589-acre piece of land for over 10 years and had been granted a stay order by a Shanzu court.
Nugo said the contractor for the private developer had defied a court order that stopped the development and called on the area MP Ali Mbogo who sits at the parliament select committee on lands to intervene on their behalf.
No turning back
They vowed to camp at the MPs office until he addresses them since they have tried four times to get his attention in vain including spending the night outside his office until their grievances are heard.
“We will cook, eat and sleep at the MP’s office until he takes our grievances to parliament since we elected him to present our interests” Said Nugo.
They also said Mbogo will be forced to provide them with any form of humanitarian aid if they run out of food.
Nugo said Soko Mjinga piece of land in Nguu tatu is their ancestral land and appealed for an amicable solution to the tussle so that they are settled.
Ngoze Mwambazi, Nguu tatu resident said Shanzu court had directed the private developer to set aside a piece for the squatters while engaging in their development but were threatened last week when they convened for a meeting to seek progress on the issue.
“We have children born here and families that have nowhere else to call home. The Private developer is a group of rich and elite people out to displace the families without land elsewhere.” Said Mwambazi.
[Families cook food outside Kisauni MP’s office Ali Mbogo. Photo/Ahmed Omar].
She said they resolved to seek assistance from their MP Ali Mbogo after they spent the night in the cold after they were dragged out of their houses and beaten by police last night.
On Sunday, the families held a meeting to get a briefing on the way forward regarding the land tussle.