RES­I­DENTS OP­POSE EVIC­TIONS

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics General -

Wood­ley Es­tate res­i­dents in Nairobi have ac­cused Nairobi Gov­er­nor Evans Kidero and se­nior county of­fi­cials of il­le­gally evict­ing ten­ants and al­lo­cat­ing their houses to other oc­cu­pants. “In the house al­lo­cated to his chief of staff, it was a case of break­ing and en­ter­ing, since the house was fully paid for in ad­vance for one year,” chair­man Sam Gachago told the press yes­ter­day. He claimed there will be a mass evic­tion and the houses will be given to se­nior county of­fi­cials. Gachago said they have lived on the es­tate for more than 50 years and will not move. The county has em­barked on a project to de­mol­ish old one-storey houses and re­place them with multi-storey houses to ac­com­mo­date more peo­ple and economise on space. It will build more than 100,000 hous­ing units in Wood­ley, Dagoretti and parts of East­lands. Nairobi Hous­ing ex­ec­u­tive Chris Khaemba said, “What we are do­ing in the area is part of the ex­pan­sive ur­ban re­newal that we are car­ry­ing out in other parts of the city... Af­ter the re­newal, the af­fected res­i­dents will be the first to be con­sid­ered [to oc­cupy the new houses].”

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