No de­mo­li­tion or build­ing un­til we sign pact - Starehe res­i­dents

Say county has not com­mit­ted in writ­ing that it will com­pen­sate them and there is no as­sur­ance they will be al­lo­cated the new units when the project is com­plete

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Nairobi - JULIUS OTIENO @juliu­so­tieno04

A meet­ing has been called to­day to dis­cuss planned de­mo­li­tion of five es­tates in Starehe con­stituency to make way for high-rise apart­ments.

The county plans to de­mol­ish one-storey houses in var­i­ous parts of the city and put up multi-storey houses to ac­com­mo­date more peo­ple.

The meet­ing to dis­cuss the planned de­mo­li­tions was called af­ter res­i­dents pe­ti­tioned area MP Maina Ka­manda to in­ter­vene and have the project stopped un­til their con­cerns are ad­dressed.

He told the Star yes­ter­day that he met Gover­nor Evans Kidero and agreed to hold a meet­ing with the res­i­dents’ rep­re­sen­ta­tives to an­swer their con­cerns.

This fol­lows a meet­ing with Ka­manda on Wed­nes­day, where more than 200 res­i­dents said the county has not com­mit­ted to com­pen­sate them and there is no as­sur­ance they will be al­lo­cated houses once the project is com­pleted.

DIDN’T IN­VOLVE OUR LEAD­ERS

They said their lead­ers, in­clud­ing the area MP and MCA, have not been in­volved in the ne­go­ti­a­tions de­spite the mag­ni­tude of the project.

“Why is the county do­ing things in se­cret? I am the area MP and I have not been in­volved. The other day they signed con­tracts and none of us, in­clud­ing the rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the af­fected ten­ants, was in­vited,” Ka­manda said.

Jee­van­jee, Bach­e­lor Quar­ters, Pan­gani, Old and New Ngara, all in Starehe con­stituency, have been iden­ti­fied for de­mo­li­tion to pave way for high-rise build­ings.

WE WANT WRIT­TEN PACT

Res­i­dent Pa­trick Musau said City Hall is re­luc­tant to com­mit in writ­ing the re­lo­ca­tion plans and how they will be com­pen­sated.

“We have never signed a Me­moran­dum of Un­der­stand­ing with the county be­cause ev­ery time they call us, we get a dif­fer­ent doc­u­ment,” he said.

Res­i­dents said they are pan­icked, liv­ing in fear of evic­tion.

On Tues­day, the county awarded Sh61.5 bil­lion con­tracts to seven pri­vate in­vestors, which in­cluded fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tions and real es­tate firms, to re-de­velop the es­tates.

Kidero said res­i­dents will be paid for re­lo­ca­tion and 24 months’ rent for the pe­riod the projects will be un­der­taken.

In the first phase of the Sh300 bil­lion re­de­vel­op­ment project, 10,200 hous­ing units will be built to ac­com­mo­date about 100,000 peo­ple.

It is part of the County Com­pre­hen­sive Ur­ban Re­newal Pro­gramme.

The five run-down es­tates have about 200 houses.

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