Kituo Cha Sheria on 29th March 2016, conducted an intercommunity dialogue session at Ziwa la Ngombe settlement scheme, in Nyali Sub County, Mombasa County.
The area consists of five (5) villages namely Bombolulu, Voice of Kenya (VOK), Kisimani, Mkunguni and Ziwa la Ng’ombe. The dialogue was a follow up of a similar one which had taken place between the community and the Government that KITUO had earlier organised.
The thorny issues around Ziwa la Ng’ombe Settlement Scheme arose from the inordinate and inequitable manner in which the government handled adjudication process in the five villages. Some sections of the scheme had been finalized faster than others leading to inequity and inequality in land rights amongst the community members. It was further established that even though some of the affected community members had allotment letters, their parcels were not demarcated with beacons. Consequently, they did not know the fixed boundaries of their parcels of land hence boundary feuds. Some of the community members had disregarded the law which restricts the sale of parcels of land in settlement schemes, transferred their parcels using the letters of allotment as proof of ownership. This had been identified as a conflict prone matter. The community already seemed to have classified itself into their “village cocoons” rather than a unified force to address arising problems in Ziwa la Ng’ombe Settlement Scheme.
Beyond the land matters from the Community, participants touched on the massive World Bank Project and entry points to engage county Government in budget making process. While the World Bank Project was lauded for improvement of the general living standards of the common man in the area, a number of concerns were raised regarding its implementation. The questions were equally responded to by the community leader in charge of the program. A clue about budget making process was hinted as a sure alternative of ensuring that the gaps in development are get filled.
This exercise was planned in a way to ensure dialogue between members of the Community towards debriefing, vent of anger and to find a solution to the land problem facing them. It was also intended to be distinct in that it widely involved members of the community.
There were five (5) participants from every village end, a community and a religious leader who understood the intrigues of the area. This was in a bid to provide relevant information and to counsel members of the community. The platform was intended for venting and airing of view on land and related community problems.
Kituo Cha Sheria- Mombasa office
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