A row is brewing in Kwa Noti Village in Mikanjuni area of Jomvu Sub-County, Mombasa after one of the area residents allegedly blocked an access road.
According to area residents, over 300 families living in the area have now been forced to seek alternative routes as they head to their daily routines.
The owner of the land however claims that there is no access road through his land saying that he has only been allowing them to pass through his private property.
George Okidi, a resident of the area said that they have been using the road for many years and we’re shocked when it was blocked about a month ago without any notice.
“We are asking the government to come in and assist us, talks can come later but the first thing that must happen is to have through access,” said Okidi.
Okidi said that they have reported the matter to the village elder and area chief but no direction is yet to come out.
Dama Juma, a Nyumba Kumi elder said that the road links Kwa Noti village with Kwa Wanje and Moroto villages downstream.
She insisted on the opening of the road saying that it was the only entry point in case of an emergency.
“We all need this road because now if something happens we don’t know how we will get help. In case of a fire or we get a sick person that needs to be taken to hospital, what will we do if we can’t pass through,” she said.
The decision to block the road has also affected a number of school going children within the area who have been also forced to seek alternative routes to get to school.
David Owino, a teacher at one of the schools lamented that students will soon be sitting for exams with others expected to sit for their national exams at the end of this month.
“We have a total of 350 students in our school of which 71 are candidates. I wonder how we are going to receive the examination materials if we have to go around more than 500 meters,” Owino said.
However, the land owner Omar Ahmed has insisted that there is no access road passing through his property.
He claimed that he has stayed in the area since 1992, and that all those complaining came to the area after him.
“When I came here this place was a thicket, all these people complaining found me here, I did not find them. When they came I received them as a good neighbour. Surprisingly my allowing them to pass through my property, has now become a must for them to make this an access road for vehicles,” said Ahmed.
He said that trouble began a few months ago when he began construction of his new house in area as villages took him to the area chief complaining that his construction materials were blocking their access road.
“The villagers sent elders severally to my house to convince me to allow the road to be built but I refused, they built it without my knowledge while I was out of town,” he said.
The matter has been reported to the county commissioner Miritini division Margaret Ndoo who has ordered further activities from going on until the matter is resolved.
Through a letter dated October 14, the ACC cautioned Ahmed to seize all building activities currently taking place and any future plans for building until he is given a go ahead from the office.