The National Lands Commission has directed the family of the late politician John Keen to cease any activities or land transactions on a controversial piece of land in Kilifi County until investigations over the current status of ownership are completed.
This is after it emerged that the government had placed a caveat on the 264.5 acres of land 36 years ago reverting its ownership to the government.
Politician John Keen is among persons who acquired large tracts of land in the coastal region which include the current land being owned by Pwani University, Sea horse and Kenya Power which were allegedly taken over by the government.
Squatters who reside in the 264.5 acres piece of land located between Pwani University and YMCA areas had before Keen’s death initiated plans to acquire the land through Ziwani Estates residents association which has a membership of 6000 people.
But the National land Commission has now asked the family of the late politician to stop any activities or land transaction on the said piece of land
NLC has also directed the over 6000 squatters to stop making any payments to the Coast Development Company associated with the late politician until a ruling is made in five months time
The development coming after it emerged that a caveat had been placed on the land in 1982 and it was now government property
Pamela Soila, the late politician’s daughter told the commission that she was not aware if her father had reached an agreement to sell the land to the squatters but said the family was willing to resolve the matter amicably with the squatters with a view to ensure sanity