Malindi’s Oa­sis Vil­lage own­ers blame ex-man­ager for or­der­ing them out of ‘un­safe’ lux­ury build­ing

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Coast -

Prop­erty own­ers at the con­tro­ver­sial mul­ti­mil­lion Oa­sis Vil­lage in Malindi have dis­missed claims a build­ing with 200 lux­ury apart­ments is a death­trap. The own­ers blame the con­flict at the Oa­sis Vil­lage on their dis­putes with a for­mer man­ager of the prop­erty. On Mon­day, more than 20 apart­ment own­ers at the vil­lage said they were shocked by news­pa­per re­ports that their apart­ments would be brought down. They said they re­ceived a no­tice on Septem­ber 22 last year from the Kil­ifi gov­ern­ment, giv­ing them 21 days to va­cate. They are yet to com­ply, say­ing the build­ing is safe and in good con­di­tion. The no­tice di­rected the build­ing be closed for struc­tural in­tegrity tests. “The build­ing has been found to be in a very haz­ardous state and poses a great dan­ger to its oc­cu­pants,’’ the no­tice read. Pan­icked res­i­dents ac­cused the for­mer man­ager of try­ing to frus­trate them , mak­ing them sur­ren­der their prop­erty. The build­ing’s own­er­ship dis­putes go back sev­eral years. Many cases about it are pend­ing in court. Oa­sis, ac­cord­ing the ten­ants, con­sists of 184 units, in­clud­ing 172 apart­ments and 12 shops. They said less than 20 apart­ments are in­com­plete, while the rest are in good con­di­tion and be­ing main­tained.

/ALPHONCE GARI

The con­tro­ver­sial mul­ti­mil­lion Oa­sis Vil­lage in Malindi on Mon­day. It has been marked for demolition

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