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High Court Approves Construction of 7,000 Units in Shauri Moyo

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  • The High Court on Thursday paved way for the construction of 7,000 units project introduced by President Uhuru Kenyatta in Shauri Moyo, Nairobi.

    This is after some 300 civil servants had filed a petition blocking the construction on the grounds that they could not get alternative accommodation for themselves.

    In a ruling, Judge Wilfrida Okwany stated that the amount of time provided was adequate for the tenants to seek accommodation elsewhere.

    300 civil servants filed petition demanding the state to provide alternative accommodation

    She further added that the relationship between the civil servants and the government was that of tenants and landlord and that they could do nothing when the lord intends to take over his property.

    The servants had also complained that they had school going children and others were disabled and needed more time but the judge thwarted their efforts.

    The construction of the Shauri Moyo apartments is part of the President’s big 4 agenda meant to meet the housing deficit in the country which stands at 1.85 million units.

    In the lawsuit, the applicants demanded that the court compel the state to give them alternative accommodation before the demolitions begin.

    The state, however, argued that the affordable housing project had been planned since 2014 and was being carried within the law and it also involved the complainants.

    In line with the project, the State intends to collect a 1.5 per cent levy from the more than 1.5 million formal workers to aid in the constructions of the units under a project duped Housing Development Fund.

    The contributors will only be able to access their funds after five years and can only use it to settle mortgage or house loans. They can, however, claim the money if 15 years elapse without being allocated a house.

    Affordable housing is part of Uhuru’s Big Four agenda
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