Nakuru activist raise alarm over illegal construction on a Road reserve

Conflict is now looming between Nakuru County Directorate of Land and Physical Planning, Private investor and residents of Menengai ward in Nakuru East over illegal construction on a piece of land block 16/295.
According to area residents a private investor is said to have invaded land meant for Road Reserve in the area and that the construction of a storey building contravenes their right to clean environment and proper drainage.
In a letter dated 6th January 2015, the County Assembly of Nakuru Committee on Land, Housing and Physical Planning visited the area after the residents raised concerns on the same.
The committee recommended that the Road Reserve be repossessed by the county government of Nakuru so that there is proper drainage in the mentioned block.
Furthermore, another letter dated 11th October 2016 and signed by the county director Lands, Housing and Physical Planning Mr. Robert Kiprono revoked the approval Building plans on the said block 16/295.
However, addressing media in Nakuru Trusted Society of Human Rights Alliance Secretary General George Pariken stated that despite the above development, the Private developer whom he claims is collaborating with some cartels in the county has proceeded with construction.
“We strongly condemn the illegal construction and we actually call on Governor Lee Kinyanjui to investigate the issue and that officers from county who are behind that should step aside” he said.
Pariken claimed there are some cartels within the county Government of Nakuru who are out to ensure that the public are frustrated.
He questioned why two letters revoking the construction can be dismissed by the same authority and allow illegal construction to proceed on land meant for Road reserve in the area.
“Some cartels are working out to ensure tha the public is frustrated through the illegal construction and we cannot sit down and watch this “ he said.
This even as issues of land grabbing by Private investors in the country being on the rise with several cases pending before courts.

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