The Mombasa county government has
demolished perimeter walls surrounding the 2.5 acres of land at the Mama Ngina Drive.
The move follows President Uhuru Kenyatta's directive on Monday that all public land grabbed in Mombasa be repossessed within five months.
A bulldozer on Friday afternoon flattened a wall surrounding 1.5 acres of land near the entrance to the Likoni Ferry channel.
Another wall surrounding a one-acre parcel near the Mombasa Golf Course was also brought down.
Mombasa county Lands executive Edward Nyale supervised the exercise.
The exercise, unlike others
in the county, received overwhelming public support.
Traders had earlier in the day met with Nyale and other county officials to discuss how they will be accommodated after the exercise.
Residents took advantage of the demolition and made away with scrap metal.
Nyale said the county was the original complainant over the grabbing of the Mama Ngina Drive land.
"We are happy because of the swift response we have received from the National Land Commission," Nyale said.
NLC chairman Muhammad Swazuri toured the controversial piece of land on Thursday.
Swazuri said out of 26 acres that comprise the whole of the Mama Ngina Drive, 20 had been grabbed.
Nyale said the grabbers were afraid to develop it.
"Though 20 acres have been taken, only two parcels have walls erected around them. And there is nothing built on the land," Nyale said.
He said that the land was grabbed in the late 1980s.
The Lands executive commended wananchi for supporting the exercise.
"All this is in keeping with what we have been saying that all public land be reverted to the public," Nyale said.
He said Mama Ngina Drive was only the start and the
county will move to other parts where public land has been grabbed.
Nyale said the Drive had been given priority because the county wants the regeneration project not to be interfered with.