In Summary
  • The faithful held protests against some unknown ‘squatters’ at their church headquarters in Bamburi.
  • JCC church members claim the land being invaded was bought for Sh20 million over 20 years ago.
  • Bishop Kwake appealed to the government to intervene.

A land row between a Mombasa-based church and unknown people alleged to be squatters has erupted, making over 100 angry worshippers to take to the streets in protest.

Jesus Celebration Centre (JCC) church members on Monday held protests against some unknown ‘squatters’ at their church headquarters in Bamburi, whom they accused of planning to grab their land.

The church is one of the biggest in Mombasa and is owned by a Bishop Wilfred Lai.

CHAOTIC PROTESTS

Carrying twigs and singing solidarity songs, the faithful held a prayer meeting at the 50-acre piece of land before the chaotic protests.

Witnesses said unknown people invaded the premises of church owned by Bishop Lai on October 13, 2019 when some church members observed that structures had been built on the land in question.

"Some goons were here last week claiming this land belongs to them. They threatened us when we tried to question them and that is why we are here fighting for our right," said Bishop Charles Kwake, the church’s overseer.

BOUGHT 20 YEARS AGO

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