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Govt to demolish houses on reserved road areas

09 October 2013, 16:05 Wilshere

Nakuru - Cabinet Secretary for Transport and Infrastructure, Engineer Michael Kamau, has said that the government will demolish all houses built on reserved road areas.

Kamau said that people have continued encroaching on public land saying that the government will not spare anyone found on public land.

“All those who have built houses on reserved road areas must be ready to move out because we are going to demolish all the houses,” he warned.

Speaking on Wednesday morning in Nakuru when he paid a courtesy call to governor Kinuthia Mbugua's office, the Cabinet Secretary said that all houses at Pipeline Estate in Nakuru town are built on public land and that they must be demolished.

He said that his Ministry will work closely with Nakuru County government to ensure that all public lands that have been encroached by private investors are recovered.

Kamua further said that the government will not compensate any person once the demolition begins saying they had been issued with legal notices.

“Those houses that are built at Pipeline must be demolished at once because as government, we will not allow people to build on land intended for roads,” he said,.

Kamau further urged the Nakuru County government to stop issuing licenses to people who are still constructing buildings on public reserved land.

He further said that the government's efforts to recover stolen land in the town and other parts of the country should not be politicised by any leader.

Kamau, who is on a three-day road tour of inspecting public roads in Rift Valley and Nyanza province, said that the County governments must work closely with the Central government to improve public infrastructure.

At the same time, Kamau said that the land acquired at pipeline estate for the construction of an airstrip will be sold due to the interference with migration of flamingos at Lake Nakuru.

He said that the government is still looking for alternative land in the County and that once the Pipeline land is sold the money will be used to acquire the new one.

The Cabinet Secretary later in the day proceeded to inspect the Mau Summit - Kericho Road before proceeding to Uasin Gishu County in Eldoret.

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