Stop politicking over sh.6 billion Buxton project, Shahbal tells Sarai

Mombasa businessman and politician Suleiman Shahbal./COURTESY

Mombasa businessman Suleiman Shahbal has urged Mombasa politicians not to politicize Buxton house project worth sh.6 billion.

Speaking on Thursday in Mombasa Shahbal accused former Mombasa Senator Hassan Sarai Omar of using the project for 2022 political gain.

Shahbal said that in 2016 he challenged the Buxton housing project in court since the County government did not carry out public participation.

According to Shahbal, Mombasa County government carried out feasibility studies in 2016 when Sarai was the senator.

He said that over 1,000 people have already applied for the houses which will be constructed from January 2021.

“In the end of October we will take hundreds of youths from Buxton for training and they will work during the construction of the houses in the area,” said Shahbal.

President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM party leader Raila Odinga will break the ground for the construction of Buxton on 2nd January 2021.

Shahbal said that over 400 people have already accepted to move out of the area and they will be given money to relocate on 1st October.

He further said that he is not desperate to be the Mombasa governor but he will ensure Mombasa resident’s lives are improved.

The project will have 600 one-bedroom units, 700 two-bedroom units and 600 three-bedroom units. It is considered a transformative project for the estate near Nyali Bridge that currently has some 500 housing units.

Other estates targeted for rebuilding are Changamwe, Likoni (Flats and Customs), Mzizima, Miritini Greenfields, Nyerere, Tom Mboya, Tudor and Khadija.