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Governor in the spotlight over plan to hike rent

29 October 2013, 15:49 Robert Kibet

Nakuru - Nakuru County Governor, Kinuthia Mbugua, is in the spotlight over a plan to increase rent fee for the houses formerly owned by the defunct Municipal Council of Nakuru.

The two estates, Flamingo and Kivumbini, are in Nakuru East constituency.

Speaking during his tour to the two estates Tuesday morning, area MP, David Gikaria, expressed outrage over the County government’s plan to increase the rent fee from the current KES 800 - KES 3,000, arguing that the plan is awkward as the houses are in pathetic condition.

“How can the County government have the guts to increase the rent fee without taking into consideration their condition? It is evidence that those residing in the estates face huge challenges during the rainy season due to leaks,” lamented Gikaria.

He further said the residents have been paying rent, but have had challenges settling past arrears due to their meager daily earnings.

He also reminded governor Kinuthia Mbugua his campaign promise of granting a waiver for rent arrears to residents of the two estates.

He reiterated that he will oppose the move to hike rental fee.

Two years ago, one person was shot dead when angry residents confronted a group of the defunct Municipal Council of Nakuru askaris and the police, when they attempted to evict the residents by force.

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