Nakuru landlords to vacate bypass route

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Roads assistant minister Lee Kinyanjui. PHOTO/FILE
More than 1,000 landlords who have built houses within the proposed Nakuru bypass route have been asked to demolish their buildings or be forcibly moved.

Roads assistant minister Lee Kinyanjui has told the landlords to urgently vacate the bypass route to pave way for the road works.

Mr Kinyanjui, who is also the Nakuru Town MP, said the Nakuru town bypass aimed to decongest the town’s central business district would go on as scheduled despite the presence of the illegally erected buildings.

“Those occupying land at the designated bypass route must vacate with immediate effect or be forcibly evicted. Nobody will be spared because as you witnessed a few months ago in Nairobi we demolished structures to pave way for the expansion of the highway,” said Mr Kinyanjui.

The bypass, that branches off the Nakuru-Nairobi Highway at the Stem Hotel goes through Mwariki estate and links up with the highway at Njoro Turn-off, was designed in the 1990s by the then Ministry of Roads and Public Works.

However, the project did not kick off due to an outcry by the area politicians who argued that the diversion would slow the growth of Nakuru town.

Update: July 4, 2012 – Residents of Nakuru have obtained temporary orders from the High Court restraining the Ministry of Roads from surveying, erecting beacons, demolishing houses or constructing the Nakuru Southern bypass until the petition filed by the residents has been dispensed with. The case will be heard on July 26.

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