The Government has not called
off plans to demolish buildings on road reserves and under power lines,
a minister said.
As soon as the
10-week-notice expires, the demolitions will resume, Energy Minister
Ochillo Ayacko said.
The exercise was temporarily
stopped to give the affected people enough notice to move. It also
gave the Government time to formulate a policy on demolitions, Mr
Giving a ministerial
statement demanded by Mr David Mwenje (Embakasi, Narc) last week, Mr
Ayacko said it was the policy of the Government to open up roads and
offer quality electricity services to Kenyans.
He said unless illegal
buildings on road reserves were cleared, the Government would not be
able to carry out this mandate.
But the Government was
willing to negotiate with the owners of buildings under power lines to
explore the possibility of diverting the lines at their cost, Mr
He said the Kenya Power and
Lighting Company had started negotiations with some landlords in
Dagoretti, Nairobi, on the matter.
Dr Bonaya Godana (North Horr,
Kanu) said the Attorney General should give the legal position
regarding the demolitions.
Mr Joseph Lagat (Eldoret
East, Kanu) said some of the buildings earmarked for demolitions were
put up before power lines were erected. He said that it would be
cheaper to relocate power lines than to demolish buildings.
Meanwhile, Mr William Omondi
(Kasarani, Narc) sought a ministerial statement from the minister in
charge of Internal Security in the Office of the President. He asked
the minister to address an incident in which 10 people invaded a flat
in Kasarani and beat residents, killing two, one of them a 16-year-old
Mr Abdulrahmann Ali Hassan,
(Wajir North, Kanu) asked for a ministerial statement from the
ministry of Works, Roads and Housing regarding the poor state of the
Mr Kirugi M Mukindia (Imenti
Central, Narc) said the Government should give adequate notice to the
owners of the buildings before demolitions commence.