Tassia landowners speak out over controversial project
20 January 2014, 14:32
Nairobi - Land owners affected by the Tassia II project are opposing the charges the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) is imposing on them to fund the construction of access roads and sewerage systems in the estate.
The Tassia II project is a housing scheme premised in a piece of land owned by NSSF but contracted to China Jiangxi International Ltd to construct access roads and sewerage systems.
The project has been at the centre of controversy after claims of corruption in the tendering process and the increase of project cost from KES 4.6 billion to KES 5.053 billion.
“We have never been communicated to neither have we been informed by either county officials or NSSF,” said Boniface Mosoti, a land owner.
Samuel Wambiri, another land owner, said, “I have paid for the land in full to NSSF and the addition of another KES 920,000 for construction of an access road was not in the initial agreement.”
The land owners said that they have not been given title deeds even after completing payments for the land. They also said that the deadline for payment has been pushed to June 2014 instead of the July 2015 as was initially the case.
“Why should we pay for development of a public road yet we have paid for all other utilities including water, sewage and land rates,” said Christine Mutulu, a land owner.
– CAJ News