Garissa Governor Ali Korane on Monday announced a crackdown on all property built on public land. The first-term governor ordered for the demolition of all structures constructed along ring road.
He said that his government has given the owners of the structures 30 days to ensure that they are cleared. Failure to which, the county government will do it on their behalf.
Korane also announced the formation of a committee to steer the demolition of the structures, as he seeks to leave behind a legacy upon the completion of his first term in office.
The committee is expected to be comprised of officials from the county government and security officers from different corners of the county. Korane has since asked the county commissioner to provide his government with enough security officials to make the process smooth and successful.
The order comes at a time when several people have been killed in the county over land disputes. Korane has ordered Lands Executive Mohamed Shale, to restore order in the area.
“If someone kills another, he should personally be held liable. The traditional way of solving issues should not be involved in matters of land. The government must arrest anyone killing over land ownership,” he said.
He also asked the security officials to deal with individuals found in possession of unlicensed firearms.