Webuye Muslim community embroiled in property ownership row
Written by Rosemary Wachiye
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The Webuye Jamia mosque.
Muslims living in Webuye have now come out to complain of financial challenges they face following an ownership row over a piece of land.
They are complaining that a former official has denied them justice since 1994 who they claim registered the land but claim the title issued was fake.
The group’s committee has since suspended Mr. Ali Waziri for fraudulently obtaining fake title deed for a mosque, Webuye Muslim Primary school, Muslim estate and shops owned by the community where he collects rent on behalf on their behalf.
Led by their spokesman Sheikh Mohammed Sudi the Muslim community has condemned his act of deceit terming it as full of selfish desire and greed.
Mr. Sudi has said that following a court ruling Waziri is no longer recognized as member of Webuye Jamia mosque Society and that he has no mandate to keep its title deed neither to collect rents.
He further revealed that the genuine documents are held by Dr. Khan their trustee member and wondered how come Mr. Waziri was in possession of the same.
“We took the matter to the Registrar of lands who was also unable to certify as to how Webuye Mosque and its estate are in possession of two title deeds,” said Mr.Sudi.
The community continues to face challenges of paying water bills, electricity and other maintenance fee yet Mr. Waziri has been collecting rent from the estates for his own personal gain and has never handed a single cent to them.
The Jamia mosque committee explains that the former Secretary General Mr. Ali waziri remained in possession of the documents even after he lost the elections where he was voted out for registering under a different party; Webuye Muslim Committee yet still wanted to contest in their committee.
“We never get a single shilling from the collections he makes and whenever we need cash for carrying out activities at the mosque, we are forced to call for a fund raiser from the believers and yet someone is eating from our own plate,” said Mr. Sudi.
Mr. Sudi is however calling upon the relevant authorities to come in and help solve the puzzle over the possession of the estates and other facilities to the Muslim community as well as make Mr. Waziri pay for the injustices he has committed.
“He claims to be a resident of this place and says he is protecting the property of his community but in real sense he is not a resident, he comes from Mumias and should therefore keep off the property of Muslims in Webuye,” said Mr. Sudi.