2,500 in Mu­rang’a to get lease doc­u­ments

Mjini slum res­i­dents say they’re ne­glected

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Central - ALICE WAITHERA @Alice­wangechi

The Mu­rang’a govern­ment has started de­mar­cat­ing Mjini slum in Mu­rang’a town and plans to is­sue res­i­dents with lease­hold doc­u­ments.

Gov­er­nor Mwangi Wairia, who vis­ited the slum on Wed­nes­day, said all the 186 plots will be marked with bea­cons.

The ma­jor­ity of Mus­lims who live in the slum have com­plained that pre­vi­ous ad­min­is­tra­tions have aban­doned them, forc­ing them to live in makeshift homes.

More than 2,500 peo­ple said they were the first in­hab­i­tants of Mu­rang’a town af­ter trav­el­ling with the first colo­nial gov­er­nor of the town, Fran­cis Hall, from the Coast in 1884.

Dur­ing the Eid al-Fitr cel­e­bra­tions in July, res­i­dent Ab­dul­lahi Ali said their an­ces­tors were al­lo­cated the land by the colo­nial gov­er­nor and they later in­ter­mar­ried with the Kikuyus.

He said af­ter in­de­pen­dence, au­thor­i­ties did not is­sue them with lease doc­u­ments. Ali said lack of ownership doc­u­ments has forced the com­mu­nity to live in ab­ject poverty.

“We have been ne­glected as a mi­nor­ity com­mu­nity in Mu­rang’a county. Mjini es­tate was planned dur­ing the colo­nial govern­ment and has not been re­designed,” he said.

Wairia said it is un­fair for the com­mu­nity to live in de­plorable con­di­tions. He said once the doc­u­ments are is­sued, res­i­dents will put up bet­ter houses.

The gov­er­nor urged them to use the doc­u­ments to bor­row money from fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tions and put up com­mer­cial build­ings.

He said the Mu­rang’a Uni­ver­sity of Tech­nol­ogy will be en­rolling about 10,000 stu­dents and they will need ac­com­mo­da­tion.

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