The National Youth Service (NYS) is poised to lose its camp site in Madogo Town of Tana River County if plans to revoke its ownership documents materialize.
Tana River Governor Dhadho Gaddae Godhana said the process of revoking the title deed was at an advanced stage following talks between the county administration and the National Government.
“Plans are underway at both the National Lands Commission and the Presidency that will see the letter of allotment issued to the NYS revoked,” he said.
Speaking when he toured the disputed land on Tuesday, Dr. Godhana assured residents that the land would revert to them to pave the way for the construction of a multi-million market project that has failed to kick off due to the dispute.
He told them to ignore notices issued by the government agency to vacate the disputed land or face forceful eviction.
“I ask you to stay put on the land until the ongoing discussions at the national level are concluded,” he told the jubilant residents who have been accusing the NYS of grabbing their land.
A section of the residents had told the governor that they had received vacation orders following the protracted dispute that has delayed the commencement of the market project.
The governor said there were no justifiable reasons for the NYS to lay claim on the land and that it was not a rescue centre as claimed by the agency.
The governor at the same time reiterated his government’s resolve to repossess land grabbed by individuals and institutions across the county.
“I am warning those people who have grabbed land and constructed permanent buildings that their days are numbered ,” he said adding, “They will soon know that the county government has its authority and powers,” he said.
He asked those who might have acquired land through dubious means to present themselves to relevant county offices failure to which their structures would be flattened.
The governor’s sentiments come barely a week after he issued an executive order requiring all owners of illegal and irregular structures in major urban centres to demolish them failure to which the county government would do so and surcharge the owners.
Among the structures targeted is an extension of the perimeter wall surrounding the Tana River County Assembly, which the governor said was the property of the County Department of Trade, Cooperative Development, Tourism and Industrialisation.
The demolitions were set to begin on Tuesday but there were no signs of the exercise by the time of filing this story.
By Emmanuel Masha