Hundreds of residents of Buxton Estate in Mombasa County photo


Hundreds of residents of Buxton Estate in Mombasa County count losses after the county government and a private developer destroyed their residential houses just three days after Justice Sila Munyao dropped a petition stopping the construction of 1,900 houses at a cost of Ksh.6 billion.

The residents on Saturday morning woke up to the sounds of the bulldozers and county askaris demolishing the houses they have called home for many years.

One after another, the bulldozers brought down the buildings as those capable of salvaging what they could do so and left fast before their houses could be brought down with them inside.

Mvita MP Abdulswamad Shariff Nassir later stepped in to stop the demolition while blaming the Mombasa County government and the private developer for not adhering to the law.

“Tumekubaliana nao ya kwamba wawache watu waweze kutoa mali yao…it is not right…wengine ata pesa haijaingia kwa akaunti zao na wamewafanyia hivi…wengine wanaambiwa no money has been transferred,” he said.

As exams approach, KCPE and KCSE candidates from Buxton Estate as well as the neighbouring university have been hit since Friday when hired goons are said to have cut off electric power and supply of water to the area.

“In Tom Mboya School there is no power right now…Methodist University there is no power…and Kenya Power are not the ones who disconnected it, power was disconnected from the transformer by unknown people,” added Nassir.

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