Land invasion in the Coastal region is increasingly becoming a persistent problem that needs serious attention. Squatters in the region are now claiming over 11,000 acres of Vipingo Estate in Kilifi. The squatters claim that the land was sold to Centum without their consent. They go on to say that the land is their ancestral property and they should therefore have been informed of the transaction before it was done. Hamisi Ali, Mkoroshoni squatters organising secretary was recorded saying (on the matter of the land being their ancestral property).
Land currently owned by Millenium Investment Limited who also own 150 acres sold to them by Kilifi Cashewnut Factory to offset a bank loan, is also in the same quagmire.
“Our officers moved to Mkoroshoni and arrested two people said to have mobilised the more than 4,500 residents to invade a private land belonging to Millennium Investment Limited.” was the response of David Kerina, Kilifi County Police Commander.
He added that the police would not allow squatters to occupy private land