Business persons fault KeNHA over ‘illegal demolition’ of premises

A section of Business people with premises along the Nakuru-Nyahururu Highway have condemned Kenya National Highways Authority-KeNHA over what they term is inhuman demolition of their premises without notice.

Addressing media in the area led Dr.Abdul Noor who operates a business premises in the area, the business persons say the Authority had not issued any notice to them.

They questioned why KeNHA was marking some buildings while leaving others terming it favoritism.

The business persons stating that they are not against the demolitions but that the government and KeNHA should consider consulting the locals in the area and issue a one year notice before the demolitions can take place.

They also accused KeNHA of not using the Nakuru plan map while marking the buildings that should be demolished.

The business persons through Dr.Noor are now calling on President through CS in charge of Roads to revisit the decision and ensure their grievances are heard.

They added that demolition of the premises will also render several youths jobless and will turn out to be security threat in the community.

“We are not against the demolitions but the law must be adhered to. We want KeNHA to use the Planning map in determining which buildings should be demolished. We are also calling on President to intervene in the matter” said Dr.Noor.

Similar sentiments echoed by chairman road community liaison committee Mr.Ben Muriu who blamed KeNHA for not issuing out notices of demolition.

“KeNHA should take the responsibility of informing the residents before demolitions are done” he said.

Mr. Livingstone Mbugua form the community committee also questioned instances where a section of people are now masquerading as KeNHA officials making marks on some buildings in the area.

He said such should be investigated and action taken as they are creating tension among locals in the area.

“We are seeing some people whom we don’t know whether they are from KeNHA or not and they are busy putting marks in addition to the earlier marks. Such should be investigated” said Mr.Mbugua.

The demolitions are as a result of the plans to have dual carriage along the Nakuru-Nyahururu Highway.

PHOTO/Pristone Mambili:Dr.Abdul Noor addressing media outside his business premise that has been marked for demolition by KeNHA along Nakuru-Nyahururu Highway.