A land rights lobby group in Mwatate town has told presidential hopefuls who grabbed land from the region to resign. Munjala Mwaluma, the secretary general of Mwasima Mbuwa welfare group, said that more than 3,000 squatters are languishing in the region as a result of greedy leaders who used their political power to grab their land. "There is no need for the aspirants to seek our votes when they know very well that they are the majority land owners in this region, land which they aquired illegaly," said Mwaluma.
Speaking at the Singila and Majengo villages during a visit by lawyer Paul Muite, Mwaluma called on the residents to ignore such leaders since they were the main cause of their suffering. "If they want our votes, they must first return our land which they took illegally," he said. The secretary said that it was an injustice for one person to own thousands of acres of land in the region at the expense of a thousand squarters in the area.
Meanwhile, the Taita resource centre has revealed that it will soon name and shame those who grabbed land in the region through 'my vote my land campaign' that will soon be launched in the region. "We shall mobilise our people through road shows and educate them on their land rights and those who own majority of our land that they aquired illegally," said Taita resource centre executive director Chris Mwambingu.