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Muhuri welcomes move to revoke beach plot allocation

Updated Thursday, December 17th 2009 at 00:00 GMT +3
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By Patrick Beja

The confirmation in writing by Lands Minister James Orengo revoking the allocation of Jomo Kenyatta public beach was welcomed in Mombasa.

Muslims for Human Rights (Muhuri), which has been campaigning for the revocation of the only recreational public beach at the Coast said the move serves public good.

Muhuri Executive Director Hussein Khalid said: "We are happy with the minister’s decision to save the public beach from private developers. We are now asking the police to provide us with security so that we demolish the wall and ensure free access to the beach."

The wall along the beach erected by Samu Ltd, which is associated with Mombasa businessman Rashid Sajjad, has been under police guard for the last one month following a threat by angry wananchi opposed to the beach allocation by Mombasa Municipal Council.

The council sub-let LR No MN/1/9916 to Samu Ltd for 99 years from December 1, 1980 for residential use, but residents were up in arms recently when the developer started constructing a concrete wall.

Orengo directed the Commissioner of Lands to issue one title to the Permanent Secretary, Treasury, to hold this vital piece of land in trust for the public.

Orengo said the Ministry of Lands does not receive directives from the President or the Prime Minister in any form that may lead to unjustified, illegal or irregular allocations of public land.

"I, therefore, give my assurance that this kind of abuse of trust will not happen in future," Orengo said.

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