This issue is so close to my heart. I hope me blogging about it will help the situation and not make it worse……so here goes
I had a really interesting conversation with my mum the today.
The battle to sell off Kariokor and Madaraka houses is still on and the residents are one angry bunch. For those of us who left to go abroad (aka me and many others), we are left wondering how our loved ones will cope when this change come to effect. These are worrying times for the residents of these estates as they don’t know what the future holds.
I was ‘born’ in one of these estates. I grew up there, had my first kiss, fell in and out of love and plan to bring my children to visit their nana. A place where many stories have been shared injobless corner and friendships have been formed and broken. From estate rumours and private domestics, to laughing children as they play outside your window. These estates are mini-communities in their own right and someone in some government office in CBD or wherever they are located wants to destroy these two communities. Why now? 😦
The proposal is to sell these government/coucil houses to the residents for 2.9 million Kenya Shillings. Yes, you read it correctly…….2.9 MILLION! To be honest, if my mum had that kind of money, by now we would have moved to a new house we built on a land bought on the ourskirts of Nairobi and still have change left over. Where does the council expect the residents of these estates to get such kind of money? No bank in their right mind would loan such and amount at one go to individuals who are so desperate to keep their homes. Who is the nincompoop in charge of making the final desicion on this matter?
The questions that keep arising to me are:
- If the residents cant afford to buy the houses, what happens then?
- Are the residents being given a fighting chance when it comes to this houses since majority of them have been residents for more than 30 years?
- Who will buy the houses if the residents cannot purchase them?
- And if bought by an individual or organisation, will the rates the occupants are paying now still remain the same, slightly increase or sky rocket to make up for the purchase of the properties plus profit at the expense of those who decided to stay?
- If the houses are purchased, what are the chances of them staying up? Why do I have a sneeky feeling that they may be demolised or something?
Alot of the residents of these two estates have no where to go and with the government doing nothing but line their pockets rather than guide and protect the people it promised to help when they were elected, who are we to turn to in this trying times but God. I am stumped coz there is so much one person can do, let alone hundreds. I just hope the individual or individuals involved in this case will come to their senses and see what the residents themselves have to say. It is my understanding with the conversation I was having with my mum, residents are not involved at all and they are the ones who are going to suffer if things don’t go their way.
For more, check kenyamoto…..they did a feature on this problem awhile back.
On a different, yet similar vibe,
As I skim through the Kenyan Blogosphere and sites (awhile back), one topic has been in the minds of Kenyans back in Kenya and abroad alike…….What have we done lately to help Kenya? Or, Why are Kenyans abroad still claim to be Kenyans yet they are doing nothing for Kenya? (This question particularly posed by Kenyans still in Kenya)
What’s with this makelele(noise) from Kenyans about those of us who are away from HOME? I pose this question, what has Kenya done for me to make me stay there? If given the opportunity that majority of us got to leave to make your life easier, you would do it without battering an eyelid. So, put a sock in it. We are tired of your rabblings! As long as me and my family know what I am doing out here and how they are benefiting from it, unawashwa na nini?