Changamwe residents and NHC reach consensus after eviction threat

Part of the Changamwe housing estate PHOTO COURTESY

An consensus has been agreed upon between the National Housing Corporation and the tenants welfare association  in Changamwe ,Mombasa after some tenants were evicted from their houses on over the Easter holiday  sparking rage among the tenants.

Speaking to Baraka fm on Thursday, Benard Chege the chairman of the tenants’ welfare said those involved in  evicting the  tenants did not consult the leaders appointed to represent them.

Chege noted that in order to come to an agreement they had to call for an abrupt meeting with the officer in charge in order to find permanent solution to the problem.

“We had to call for an urgent meeting in order to find a solution to the problem that came to us without any notification.” He said.

He however observed that the national housing officials had filed a case in court due to debts that had accumulated for their tenants and urged them to pay the undisputed debts.

At the same time, the secretary general of the National housing tenants’ welfare NAHOWA Dominic Miguna said that some of the tenants lost their valuable including smart phones, cameras and other household goods during the mishap.

He however observed that they had come to a consensus after the Fridays’ incident and that no eviction would be conducted without their consent.

“We have come to an agreement with NHC officials  and no tenant will be evicted from the premises.” He  added.

The National   Housing   Corporation   (NHC) is a statutory body established by an  Act of  Parliament Cap. 117 with a mandate playing a principal role in the implementation of the government’s housing policies and programs.

It owes its origin in 1953 when the Colonial Government of Kenya created a Central Housing Board through the Housing Ordinance and has assisted Kenyans and Local Authorities in building decent affordable houses through its various schemes such as Tenant Purchase, outright sale, Rural and peri-urban housing loans and rental housing.