11 March 2013

Kenya: KWS Disowns Title to U.S.$16.3 Million Kisite Marine Park

The Kenya Wildlife Service does not recognise the titles owned by Swiss investor Allesandro Torriani who claims ownership of the Sh1.4 billion Kisite Marine Park in South Coast.

KWS assistant director in charge of Coast region, Arthur Tuda, said Torriani's title deed has not been verified by government. "Torriani has not shown us any of the title he is talking about. He should tell us who gave them to him so that we can begin following up," said Tuda adding that since KWS took over the ownership of the park in 1979, Parliament has not de-gazzeted it.

"The controversy surrounding that island extends to the land problem in this country where government land was dished to individuals. There are no intentions of selling or de-gazetting Kisite Marine Park," Tuda said.

"We have a camp there with a warden and rangers so I can assure Kenyans, all is well." The controversy emerged after Torriani put the park up for sale, claiming that he obtained the land legally. Torriani, who owns another island where Funzi Keys Resort is built, told the Star he legally acquired the property.

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