PAYOUT

Several Kinango families receive payment over 2017 land deal

Last month, the families had protested over the delay of the release of the money

In Summary

• The money, which is part of Sh12.3 million for the acquisition of a 41-acre parcel of land, had been pending since 2017.

• A private company has acquired 270 acres parcel of land in the area to set up a multi-billion steel factory.

Several families from a small Mwabeja village in Kinango constituency in Kwale have received Sh6.6 million payout for sale of their property.

The money, which is part of Sh12.3 million for the acquisition of a 41-acre parcel of land, had been pending since 2017.

Last month, the families had protested over the delay of the release of the balance from the sale of land to a private company, which has acquired 270 acres parcel of land in the area to set up a multi-billion steel factory.

They had threatened to stop any further development on that parcel of land until they receive all their dues as agreed.

They had claimed that two companies; Uhutta Properties and New Connection Suppliers wanted to short-change them over the deal.

However, on Tuesday evening, the Mwabeja clan, Mlare wa kwa Paka, Mwayawa and Mwanyota clans received their remaining balance from Ibrahim Direye Sahtur, who is associated with the two firms.

Speaking to the press in Mombasa, after receiving their cheques, the families said they now support the project fully.

“We do not have anything pending with the company, the land now belongs to them and we support their project,” said Samson Lewa of the Mwabeja clan.

Lewa said they had in 2017 sold 41 acres at Sh12.3 million to Direye through Uhutta Properties and New Connections Suppliers.

Joseph Mwahui confirmed that after their December demonstration over the pending balance, they have now been fully paid their monies owed.

“We were sceptical that we might be short-changed, but we are happy that they (buyers) have honoured their pledge and settled the balance,” said Mwahui.

On his part, Direye said his firm has cleared the balances for the clans to resolve the outstanding issues over the land and allow development to continue.

“We have sorted out the issues involving this land where the Devki Steel Mills are being constructed,” he said.