In Summary

  • The Mombasa government has been directed to file a response to a petition by residents of an estate which is among those earmarked for demolition and reconstruction under its Sh200 billion housing project within 14 days.
  • Justice Eric Ogola had been told that the county was yet to file a reply or witness statements to the petition by residents of Khadija estate.
  • In the petition, the residents who have sued the county government and the county secretary said there has been recent issuance of eviction notices issued to them followed by forceful and illegal eviction.

MOMBASA

The Mombasa government has been directed to file a response to a petition by residents of an estate which is among those earmarked for demolition and reconstruction under its Sh200 billion housing project within 14 days.

Justice Eric Ogola had been told that the county was yet to file a reply or witness statements to the petition by residents of Khadija estate.

Through lawyer Njeri Chege, the residents told the court that 16 witnesses will be called to give their evidence.

The residents are currently enjoying an order restraining the county government from interfering, demolishing, alienating, disposing or evicting the residents and dealing with Khadija estate pending hearing and determination of the petition.

The orders had been issued by the judge following a consent between the county government and Khadija estate residents.

EVICTION NOTICES

In the petition, the residents who have sued the county government and the county secretary said there has been recent issuance of eviction notices issued to them followed by forceful and illegal eviction.

“For a long time, the petitioners have enjoyed quiet and peaceful occupation of the suit property, some even for decades, however this has changed over the past year with the alleged renewal and development of old estates,” read part of the petition.

They further claim that the implementation of the project ‘Mombasa Urban Renewal and Redevelopment of Old Estates” project is being done in contravention of constitutional principles of public participation.

According to the residents, the county government has refused to receive rent payment from them for a lengthy period of time.

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