group takes minister to task on land scandals
Story by ROBERT NYAGAH
Lands minister Amos Kimunya was
yesterday asked to use the law to resolve land issues in various parts of the
country, especially along the Coast, instead of task forces and law reviews.
The co-ordinator of lobby group
Pwani Development International, Mr Gideon Mung'aro, who is a former Malindi
mayor, accused Mr Kimunya of not doing enough and of "joining the long
list of the past land ministers who wasted time with law amendments as land
scandals increased at the expense of innocent squatters".
He said: "We are sick and
tired of task forces and of promises that scandals in Malindi, in particular,
and Coast Province, in general, will be resolved."
"The minister should realise
that all information about past scandals is available, so what we want is
action and not empty talk.
Addressing a leaders' meeting to
tackle land issues, the former mayor told Mr Kimunya to his face that what was
needed was action through cancelling title deeds for irregularly acquired land
and a through study of past reports.