In Summary
  • Giriama Ranching Company Ltd is seeking to sell the property to a Dubai-based firm for Sh13 billion.
  • Governor Kingi asked the Department of Land and Housing to make sure the property is not sold.

The Kilifi County Government has asked the National Land Commission to investigate how a 65,000-acre community ranch in Ganze was converted into private property.

Giriama Ranching Company Ltd, which is associated with the ranch, is seeking to sell the property to a Dubai-based firm, Al Maktoum, for Sh13 billion.

In a letter to NLC chairman Muhammad Swazuri, dated November 8, Land county executive Charles Karisa says the regional government wants the commission not to support the extension of the lease for the property until the matter is resolved.

EVICTION
The impending sale of the land has been met with resistance from locals living on the land, who claim to have no information on the transaction by the company.

Last Friday, the residents demonstrated at Bamba trading centre, accusing local politicians of colluding with the ranch directors to sell the land they claim is their ancestral home.

Contacted, Mr Karisa confirmed having written the letter, expressing his fears that the sale could result in the eviction of thousands of residents.

“Our concern is that the planned transaction will disenfranchise in excess of 30,000 ranch settlers who use the land for their livelihoods and also their residence.

"In addition, it is a threat to community assets such as schools, hospitals, watering points and strategic networks,” he said.

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