Nakuru County governor Lee Kinyanjui has distanced himself from the bizarre demolition of houses and businesses sitting in Kenya Railways Corporation land.
Kinyanjui has pointed a finger at the government agency for the manner in which it carried out the demolitions to pave way for a refurbished railway line.
The governor decried that the same corporation had gotten into an agreement with the affected people who had legally leased the land they were sitting on.
“Kenya Railways Corporation has in the past few days been demolishing property on its land in Nakuru Municipality, even after entering into lease agreements with investors. We wish to state that this exercise is purely by the Kenya Railway Corporation and other agencies and that the County Government of Nakuru is not involved in any way and was not notified of the intended demolitions.” Kinyanjui said.
The governor further said: “we wish to note with concern the manner in which the demolition was done leading to loss of property worth millions of shillings. This is inconsistent with the need to protect private property and encourage investors in an environment of predictability.”
The Kenya Railways is undertaking an exercise to reclaim the land in preparation for the rehabilitation of the Nairobi-Nakuru-Kisumu line and the construction of the Rironi-Mau Summit Superhighway.
Many have condemned last week early dawn demolitions saying: “It’s immoral for government through the Kenya Railways to lease its land to investors then one day without notice or expiry of the lease come demolish people’s businesses.
The Nakuru County boss said that in such reclamation, adequate notice to move should have been given to businessmen to avoid property and job losses.
Many of those affected had invested heavily and some are servicing loans .