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Sonko stands in the way of South B demolitions

18 March 2014, 20:48 William Korir

Nairobi - Nairobi senator Mike Sonko has written to senior government officials to try stall plans to demolish estates in the city's South B estate.

The government is planning to reposes land it says was grabbed from the ministry of agriculture and on which a number of estates have been built.

The government through agriculture secretary Felix Koskei has said that it aims to reposes land taken from the veterinary department of which he says is a 210 acre plot in the area.

There are many estates built in the area, in which many houses have been bought by innocent Kenyans who had no idea the houses were built on government land.

Koskei, who toured the area last week, said that his ministry had already undertaken plans to take back the land, which will in effect leave thousands of home owners plot-less.

" This land belongs to the ministry and will be repossessed once a complete audit is done, he said then.

But Sonko, in a letter addressed to Koskei, Lands cabinet secretary Charity Ngilu and other senior public officials says that it will be unfair to Kenyans who have invested their savings in property.

He also added that the Jubilee government will have gone against its agenda of promoting housing in its pre-election manifesto.

" I ask that the government re-think its plan to demolish houses purportedly on public land for the sake of innocent Kenyans, he said.

" Most of the owners of these properties took loans to purchase them and demolishing them will cause havoc and mayhem and plunge them into poverty, the letter added.

The letter was dated Monday February 17, 2014.

Sources at the respective ministries said that the letter had indeed been received and that there was still ongoing dialogue over the matter.

" The letter has been received and is being looked at. There is no official response over the issue as yet because it is too early, the source that did not want to be named as it is not the official point of communication said.

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