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Land Compensation Funds Processed Following Ombudsman Intervention

A resident of Mombasa finally received land compensation funds from the National Lands Commission (NLC) following the intervention of the Commission.

Mr. David Kithikii complained to the Commission alleging inordinate delay by the NLC to compensate his family for a parcel of land following the compulsory acquisition of two parcels of land that belonged to his late father.  The parcels of land were acquired for the construction of the Port Reits—Moi International Airport Access Road Project and the matter was gazetted in four different gazette notices. Several follow-ups through emails, phone calls, and even personal visits to the NLC offices did not bear any fruits, hence compelling him to complain to the Commission.

The Commission by way of inquiry took up the matter with the Commission Secretary/CEO, NLC. In her response to the Commission, the CEO indicated that the compulsory acquisition of the two parcels of land had been completed in 2016 and compensation awards issued for the two plots and that the payment of the awards was delayed because of the succession issues around the parcels in question.

“The compensation funds are with us awaiting payment. We are, therefore, requesting the complainant to avail himself at our offices as soon as possible for the processing of payment of the award. He should bring with him Grant letters of Administration as well as any relevant documents,” read a letter from the NLC to the Commission.

The Commission updated Mr. Kithikii accordingly and following his compliance, the compensation was processed and paid. Mr. Kithikii in an email to the Commission on 16th July 2023 confirmed receipt of the payment.

“I am writing to confirm that I have finally received the funds. I would like to thank you for putting pressure on NLC. Once again thank you so much for your efforts on this matter,“ read an email from Mr. Kithikii.