No place to call home: Pangani residents lose bid against demolitions


No place to call home: Pangani residents lose bid against demolitions

In Summary

  • Lawyer Harrison Kinyanjui said the county termed a decision by some of the tenants to remain put as "suspicious and triggered by third parties out to frustrate the noble project."
  • The court had fixed the hearing for Thursday 7:30 am but lawyer representing the petitioner failed to appear to prosecute the case.
  • According to court papers, some of the residents have been tenants on the property since the estate was put in 1952.

A bid by Pangani residents to stop demolitions hit a snag after a Nairobi court declined to stop the exercise.

The case was dismissed for lack of prosecution by the plaintiffs’ lawyer.

“The application dated 2/7/2019 is dismissed for wants of prosecution with cost to the defendants,” the court ruled.

A statement from the Nairobi Governor’s Press Service on Thursday said the Pangani Affordable Housing Project initiative will go on as planned.

“…the county acted within law in evicting the residents and that enough consultations were done between the two parties,” the statement reads.

It further adds that the 48 tenants were given Ksh. 600,000 each as compensation and were guaranteed first priority once the first phase is complete in the next one year.

Lawyer Harrison Kinyanjui said the county termed a decision by some of the tenants to remain put as “suspicious and triggered by third parties out to frustrate the noble project.”

The court had fixed the hearing for Thursday 7:30 am but lawyer representing the petitioner failed to appear to prosecute the case.

According to court papers, some of the residents have been tenants on the property since the estate was put in 1952.

On Thursday, Governor Sonko ordered contractors to be on the ground on Friday morning to begin construction of 1,588 housing units.

“Once complete, occupants will be given will have a 30-year period to pay a lease fee of Ksh. 3million. This means with a maximum of Ksh. 8,000 a month, one will be able to own the two and three bedroom houses,” Sonko said.

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