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6 Billion Housing Project War Wrangles Between Politician In Mombasa.

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6 Billion Housing Project War Wrangles Between Politician In Mombasa.

Compensation of 545 Buxton estate tenants will commence early next Month to pave way for the implementation of sh 6 Billion buxton housing project which has been at the center of controversy.

The developer, Mombasa businessman Suleiman Shahbal confirmed on Thursday that, sh 240,000 will be paid as relocation fee on Oct 1, 2020 while sh 60,000 will be deposited as guarantee for owning the new houses.

“We will start paying relocation fees to tenants next month because already 472 tenants out of 545 have agreed to move out to pave way for the demolition, the rest are still consulting, and we are giving them up next month to decide,”Shahbal said.

However, the project’s future hangs in the balance following the continued war of words between the developer and section of Mombasa politicians who have vowed to block it in court,citing illegalities.

This is after a section of leaders from Mombasa have demanded for the suspension of the sh 6 Billion project steered by the Mombasa county government.

The leaders led by Former Mombasa senator Hassan Omar,Nyali Mp Muhamed Ali,three Mombasa county assembly members have vowed to move to court and block the project terming it illegal.

But while responding to their remarks,Shahbal who has found himself at the center of criticism over questionable implementation procedures termed those opposing it as enemies of development.

“I will not allow politicians to lie about this project to residents, some of those who are opposing it have applied for units, and I will not allow this to happen, we need fairness,” said Shahball.

The business man who had opposed it in 2013 says he took an about turn to implement it after residents agreed with the new plan. The new plan will see rejuvenation of old estates to modern affordable housing units.

“I personally went to court to oppose it for several reasons in 2013, one, because there was no public participation, there was also no compensation guarantee, residents opposed high-end storey buildings and the mode of plan by then was not friendly,”added Shahbal.

The project, expected to house up to 10,000 residents, is one of the first fruits of the political handshake between Mombasa governor Hassan Joho and his 2013 political rival,Suleiman Shahbal who fell out in the wake of the 2013 elections outcome where he had lost to the latter .

The estate components include 600 one-bedroom units, 700 two-bedroom units and 600 three- bedroom units, a social hall, sports grounds, medical center, youth center and a social hall.

Once complete, the cost of one Bed-room apartment will cost about sh1.8 million, two bedroom apartment will go for sh 3 Million while three bedroom units will each cost sh 4.2 Million once complete.

“The mode of repayment will be done through mortgage, we will look for a suitable mortgage for every tenant, in line with their financial strength, we don’t want the real beneficiaries to miss out from this,” Shahbal said

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