Stop Land Grab or Face the Sack, Shanzu Rep Warned

Residents of Shanzu ward, Mombasa county, yesterday protested against the area MCA for not stopping land grabbing.

They braved the rain and marched to the Bamburi police station, threatening to recall MCA Maimuna Salim.

“We are tired of having our lands grabbed,” resident Athman Mwajazi said.

“We thought our leaders will defend us, but we were wrong. They are instead colluding with tycoons to oppress us and steal our lands.”

However, Salim, who is the minority leader in the county assembly, termed the accusations as malicious.

“The allegations are not true, and as far I am concerned, they are politically instigated,” she told the Star yesterday.

Officers from the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission searched Salim’s house last Thursday.

On Tuesday, Kongowea MCA Jabess Oduor tabled a motion to impeach her.

The motion split the assembly with two rival camps emerging, one allied to Governor Hassan Joho and another to Nyali MP Hezron Awiti.

Oduor said Salim is not fit to hold the minority leader position, as she has been implicated in corruption.

MCAs allied to Joho opposed Oduor’s motion.

They included Saad Faraj (Tononoka), Fadhili Makarani (Port Reitz), Lucy Chizi (Mtopanga) and nominated MCAs Sarah Nyamvula, Omar Meti and Prischilla Mumba.

Nominated MCA Aisha Hussein seconded Oduor’s motion.

“We unanimously ejected former minority leader Karisa Nzai when he was faced with graft allegations. Why not Salim?” Oduor asked.

Speaker Rajwayi directed the matter be taken to the privileges committee for further investigation.

“If Salim will be found culpable, then she will have no other option but to step aside,” he said.