Uasin Gishu:Hundreds left homeless as county reclaims houses in arrears!


Some of the over 100 tenants evicted from Pioneer County Government houses/Photo James Gitaka

Close  to 100 households were on Thursday evicted   by the  Uasin Gishu county enforcement officers from the Pioneer County government houses that have 200 units .

The  Eviction that were carried out  at 6;00am have left  hundreds of the tenants homeless,

Eunice Onyango a tenant who has lived  in the county offices  for over 40 years, by 7:00pm she had  no place  to  relocate  her family , she  claims   no eviction notice  was provided  for them to prepare  adequately ,

Eunice Onyango who was forced to spend the night in the cold .

“I will be forced to spend  the night in the cold including my grandchildren , we have an ongoing court case, we were shocked  to see the  enforcement officers  raiding our  homes very early in the morning ,they had  no remorse some would be heard sharing these  houses amongst themselves –this is inhuman “She  sobbed.

Several Human Right activists were arrested for obstructing the county enforcement team and have vowed to fight for rights of the tenants,

“We are  shocked the  county government has  disregarded the  ongoing court case, The Operation was led by the Acting  Director enforcement Mr  Kosmas  Kerich ,The law  should be followed even as  they embark in the evictions , no notice was provided not  a court order ,these  tenants have  rights  too,Said  Evans  Odhiambo one of the activist .

The County Government has however noted tenants with rent arrears accruing to more than Sh 22M will not be spared,

“As a department, we have established that those with arrears over Ksh. 200,000 are more than a hundred in Pioneer Estate alone accumulating a total of ksh.22 million,  We have begun this exercise and we intend to continue further until all arrears are paid fully. We gave out notice of compliance severally and we want to appreciate those who headed the call and paid off. We shall reclaim back all houses that are in arrears,” said Ag. Director Housing Ms. Beatrice Menjo.

The Eviction exercise is touted to take  place in other County government houses .


Following the Eviction some of  the  Tenants  within Pioneer Estate have raised their rents.

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