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Kajiado County reclaims Assets as Slum dwellers seek resettlement 




Kajiado County department of public works and housing has repossessed six houses that had been occupied by officials of the defunct Olkejuado local authority.
The repossession has been effected after a Machakos Court issued a court order in 2013 for the occupants to vacate the premises.
According to Kajiado County head of Housing Salim Riisa, the occupants of the County Government staff houses had refused to obey the court orders which were issued five years ago.
Riisa said it was not the wish of the County Government to use force to evict them, but said it was necessitated by the occupants themselves who were no longer employees of Kajiado County.
“My department has been forced to use extreme force by removing all the belongings of the occupants from the houses in order to pave way for renovations as the current County staff lack houses,” reiterated Riisa.
He noted that the County Government will not hesitate to take any necessary action to safeguard public properties and that in due time, they will issue a register of all County houses in Kajiado to ensure that they are properly and effectively utilized.
Riisa said the County Government is moving with speed to provide an enabling environment for the current employees in order to ensure effective service delivery for Kajiado residents.
“We have to provide housing for staff within reasonable proximity to the County offices so as to save wasted time on the road that could be utilized in service delivery to the people,” said Riisa during a press interview in Kajiado Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Ngong town Member of County Assembly Robert Mworia Sungura has filed a petition in the Kajiado County Assembly seeking for permanent settlement for Ngong slum’s ‘Mathare’ residents in Kajiado North Sub County.
The petition cites that the residents of the area are the legitimate individuals who have lived there for a period of over 50 years in which the numbers have increased highly with the population currently standing at 4000.
The petition tabled by Sungura claims that already, the resources at the informal settlement is over-stretched, posing danger to the health and security of Ngong town.
The call for resettlement started in 2005 when the then County Council of Olkejuado initiated a resettlement programme that was formally initiated by a technical planning committee of the Olkejuado County Council.
County Assembly committee on Land, physical planning and urban development has a maximum of 60 days to deliberate on the matter and table the report.
In January, Kajiado County Lands Committee finalized the issuance of over 600 allotment letters for Gichagi slum residents in Ngong that marked the beginning of processing of lease title deeds by National Lands Commission.
By Nelly Kosgey/Albert Lemomo

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