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Housing Crisis hits Eldoret Civil Servants

THE government is facing a housing crisis for its workers in Eldoret and neighbouring areas after some state-owned units were illegally leased out to individuals.

At least 3,000 houses are required to house the government workers in the region.

Senior civil servants especially those working for the national government have no place to stay after the houses were leased out by former occupants.

Uashin Gishu county workers have also been hit, but Governor Jackson Mandago plans

to put up housing units for them, with extra units for sale on completion.

The county has inked a Sh6 billion deal with a Chinese firm, Weihai International Economic and Technical Cooperative, for construction of modern high-rise units in Eldoret and rehabilitation of another 3,000 county houses.

The government has pledged to repossess houses leased out illegally.

“We will repossess all the government houses which were illegally leased out by some former civil servants,” said Uasin Gishu deputy county commissioner Christopher Wanjau.

Wanjau said that former occupants of the houses who were transferred to other stations leased the property to civilians, among them church leaders and employees of private companies.

The former occupants, he said, were still drawing monthly rent of between Sh5,000 and Sh6,000 per unit from their tenants who are not government employees.

“This is an illegality and it’s unacceptable,” said Wanjau.

The administrator said those involved will be prosecuted.

“Several national government employees who were transferred to the county have no where to put up with their families and yet their housing allowances are being deducted every month,” said Wanjau.

The county has embarked on flushing out illegal occupants of government houses to make way for occupation by the civil servants hardest hit.

He insisted the national government has not entered into lease agreement or contract with civilian occupants of its houses in Eldoret town as indicated in the county housing committee records.

“We have started serving all the civilians with eviction notices as we pursue the officers who leased the houses so that legal action can be taken against them,” Wanjau said.

Source: the star

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