The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has successfully regained a vast 32-acre piece of land in Kwale County, returning it to its rightful owners. This action comes as a result of a recent court ruling that determined the land’s unlawful seizure by a group of private investors. The land, which is valued at a substantial Ksh1.2 billion, is situated on Chale Island and includes a section of the revered Kaya Forest, officially entrusted to the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) as a marine park.
The primary objective is to ensure that this land is maintained and used for the benefit of the general public. Additionally, the land holds significant cultural importance, serving as a sacred site for traditional rituals performed by local elders.
EACC Chief Executive Officer Twalib Mbarak emphasized the commission’s commitment to returning unlawfully acquired land to its rightful owners. He urged the Kenya Wildlife Service, Kwale Governor, and the Government to remain vigilant as the individuals responsible for these land seizures are still at large.
Kwale County Governor Fatuma Achani expressed her full support for the pursuit of justice and called on the EACC to investigate similar cases of individuals holding fraudulent title deeds within Kwale County. She also encouraged the EACC to establish strong partnerships with local authorities to expedite the return of all land to its legitimate owners.