Nairobi’s Jevanjee Estate Residents Regret Taking Sonko’s Ksh. 600,000
Nairobi’s Jevanjee Estate residents are now crying foul claiming that they were manipulated and given a raw deal by Governor Mike Sonko’s administration in the urban renewal project that saw them evicted from county government houses.
Speaking to Ghetto Radio News one of the tenants by the name Abdul Sandeko says that Sonko’s officials manipulated them first giving them Ksh. 600,000 before signing an agreement.
Sandeko says that after banking the cheques the county officials later gave them documents that had no county officials’ signature hence trapping them.
‘‘Former governor Evans Kidero promised us a better deal, but when Sonko took over things moved very first the developer came with county officials we were not given enough notice to vacate, they went ahead and wrote for us Ksh. 600,000 cheque for all affected tenants before negotiating with them…the agreement later came out surprisingly Cityhall did not sign anywhere,” Sandeko said.
“You know when someone gives you Ksh. 600,000 and you are hungry and not have a job, will you refuse?” posed Sandeko.
Sandeko further states that they are currently worried that two months have elapsed since they were evicted and nothing is apparently going on.
Associations like the Woodley Kenyatta Associations that had showed up purporting to fight for the Jevanjee residents have since vanished into thin air.
They are now calling on the government to ensure that the 80 tenants affected by the project are granted first priority when the houses are complete.
They fear that the deal that was reached may see them out of Jevanjee despite being original occupants of the houses.
‘‘We are asking the government to help us before cartels takes over this project even at the end we still have house deposits that should be given to us,’’ he added.
Other estates in Nairobi earmarked for the urban renewal programme include Ziwani Easte, Makongeni Estate and Woodley Estate.