2,500 in Murang’a to get lease documents
Mjini slum residents say they’re neglected
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.