The Muslim community in Mpeketoni, Lamu has petitioned the National Land Commission (NLC) to help in stopping a private developer alleged to have grabbed a piece

of land belonging to a mosque. Muslim residents want the private developer stopped from using the six acres of land belonging to Azhar mosque and set aside for the construction of a local mosque. Chairman of Lamu West Inter-Faith Peace Forum Ibrahim Shahibu said the land dispute between the private developer and Mpeketoni Muslim community has been going on for more than 10 years. “Mpeketoni Muslim community has all the necessary documents to prove and show it owns the disputed land,” said Shahibu. “We request the National Land Commission to investigate the matter to establish the circumstance under which the land was grabbed and take legal actions against those involved in the illegal process.”

Only a quarter of the six acres remains undeveloped after the developer built structures on the land illegally. “He has taken all the land belonging to
the mosque and only left a quarter of an acre,” Shahibu said and invited the Ministry of Lands to help in straightening the issue. The community claims rightful ownership of the property saying it was allocated to Muslims by the government in 1994. They promised to stand firm and oppose the grabbing of the land and vowed to protect mosque’s property.

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