Squatters will be resettled in Mombasa beginning 2018 if gubernatorial aspirant Suleiman Shahbal wins the August poll.

According to Shahbal (Jubilee Party), if elected governor he would push for the passage of a Bill at the County Assembly whose motive is to ensure squatters in the county directly receive money to buy land.

“My government will push for Mombasa County Squatters Trust Fund Bill which will be passed into Law by the County Assembly,” the prominent businessman said on Friday when he campaigned in Majengo.

Shahbal (L) when he visited the Masjid Mohammed Mosque in Majengo on Thursday.

“Through this, we hope to give funds to squatters so that they can buy plots of land. We want to give our people dignity and self-esteem. They have suffered for far too long. Never again will our people suffer because they can’t access funds.”

Land has been such an emotive topic in Mombasa with Governor Hassan Joho accusing the Jubilee administration of segregating against Mombasa squatters.

During President Uhuru Kenyatta’s first visit of Mombasa after being elected in 2013, Joho requested that the national government releases funds for buying the Waitiki land for squatters.

Uhuru rejected the call and told the poor squatters to buy the land for themselves. A land parcel went at over Sh100,000 then. Uhuru’s rejection ignited bad blood between the county chief and the president. Joho, since then has never spoken good of Uhuru.

Shahbal challenged youth to rise up to the occasion and choose leaders they are sure will transform their lives.

“Our youth must rise up and choose leaders who will recognize their efforts, value and treat them with respect,’ he said.

“We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.”

Joho is confident he will triumph against Shahbal to win a second term in office.