Residents living in the Mzizima estate in Mombasa have cried foul after the Mombasa county government ordered them out of the houses.
Mzizima rental houses are wholly owned by the Mombasa county government and are scheduled for demolition to pave way for the construction of new modern houses.
According to the affected Mzizima residents, most of them being county workers and other retired staff from the defunct Mombasa County council have been short-changed.
Speaking during a forum to discuss the conflict that has caused uncertainty among the Mzizima estate dwellers, one of the affected residents Rukia Hussein said the issue needs to be addressed.
“Initially, we were to be given a total of 570,000 shillings, however, the amount has been reduced to only 150,000 shillings,” Said Hussein.
She disclosed that something fishy is going on and which should be investigated and conclusively addressed.
“We may end up being chased like dogs from where we have for the last four decades called home,” Said Hussein.
Addressing the residents at the Mzizima estate, Human rights Organisation, Haki Africa Executive Director Hussein Khalid said the whole process should be done in a transparent manner.
Khalid said none is against any development project within the county but proper plans and engagements should be embraced.
“We have learnt that there are many pending issues that should be addressed before this project takes off,” noted Mr Khalid.
He said a project meant to transform the living standards of locals should not at any point oppress people.
“We received various complaints during the Buxton modern housing project implementation, this is just a replica,” noted Khalid.
Meanwhile, Mvita Member of Parliament Abdulswamad Sharif Nassir has asked the residents to nominate a different committee that will oversee the compensation and other human rights aspects.
According to Nassir, locals should not be subjected to such human rights violations reiterating that any project that touches on locals should as well involve the locals.