- The deputy commissioner had ordered the suspension of the construction until the discussion with Mombasa commissioner.
- The chairman of the mosque, Adam Wario, said it was not fair for the government to suspend the construction, which would benefit the residents.
- Police in Samburu County have rescued 14 cattle that had been stolen from the Tiamamut area, Laikipia County.
A dispute erupted between residents of the Kadzandani area, Nyali constituency, Mombasa County, and government officials who threatened to demolish a mosque to make way for the construction of a government office. Yesterday morning, arrived at the scene seeking to demolish the building.
According to the ward councilor, Mr. Francis Kombe Nzai, the deputy commissioner, Mr. Henry Kemoi, was accompanied by the local chief for demolition.
He says the deputy commissioner claimed that the section was planned to house a government representative’s office. Mr. Nzai said the land was planned to be built for a kindergarten, but due to its small size, the construction of the school was relocated.
According to a representative:
“This land is public property, it is in the Mwache scheme of 1992. The purpose of this section was to build a kindergarten but due to its small size construction was not done. We were later told to propose a project that we want to do in this area for the public good and that is why we decided to build a mosque.”
He said construction of the mosque began earlier in the year, but after the outbreak of COVID-19, construction was temporarily halted.
“Sponsors were brought by our governor Hassan Joho and saw the area, no one objected to the construction. Now we are surprised the government wants to demolish after the beginning of construction,” he said.
He claimed that the deputy commissioner had ordered the suspension of the construction until the discussion with Mombasa commissioner Mr. Gilbert Kitiyo. “Our efforts to seek comment on the dispute from Mr. Kitiyo were unsuccessful as he did not receive a call or reply to a text message.”
The chairman of the mosque, Adam Wario, said it was not fair for the government to suspend the construction, which would benefit the residents. In addition, he asked the government to find another place to implement their construction.
“This land had been idle for a long time. The construction of a mosque here will help residents get religious training and protect young people from evil,” he said.
One resident, Ms. Saada Guyo, said the construction of a mosque and madrassa would help protect children. He said children were now forced to walk long distances in search of education, which contributed to some of them being raped or having an accident.
“Madrassa is located in Bamburi. We have to transport our children by bodaboda. Some caregivers end up raping and sexually abusing our children,” he said.
In addition, he said the presence of madrassas in the area will help young people get religious education and prevent them from being tempted to join terrorist groups for lack of education.
Samburu Police Find 14 Stolen Cattle
Police in Samburu County have rescued 14 cattle that had been stolen from the Tiamamut area, Laikipia County. That brings to 27, the number of cattle stolen and found since July 25.
Samburu County Deputy Commissioner Pius Murugu said the cattle were among the stolen cattle in Laikipia, and the family of the suspects was being sought by police officers.
“Security officials worked together to save 14 cows which is among the 80 cows stolen from Tiamamut last month,” said Mr. Murugu. At the Wamba market the official said they were looking for seven suspects who are believed to be among the thieves who stole cattle in a neighboring county.
“Efforts to find out if there are other cattle hiding in the area are ongoing,” he said.