Kitengela landlord untold suffering as tenants flee

Ms Roselyn Ndolo stirs raw sewage oozing at her dad Kitengela abandoned residential plot .Photo by Abdi Hussein

By Abdi Hussein

A Kitengela based landlord has lost over Sh10million in four years because no tenant has rented a house her three storey apartment.

The problem she says is because of sewerage water oozing from an adjacent building belonging to with a retired senior civil servant.

The 19 two bedroom and  five bedsitter building  at the heart of the populous  Kitengela town used to fetch Sh250, 000 rental income monthly.

But the landlord, an ailing 85 years David Ndolo Ngilai, who is bed ridden currently gets nothing.

His struggle to get justice has been fruitless as the overflowing sewer water remains a painful tale that has subjected his family to poverty.

Tenants lived in a conducive environment until 2014 when an adjacent building with over 200 tenants was occupied and the sewer water began seeping from underground to  Ndolo’s  apartment.

His daughter Roselyn Ndolo says they  reported the matter to public health officials and the National Environment Management Authority (Nema) they instead closed her apartment in 2016 on grounds that it was a public health hazard.

In 2018 the family obtained a court order, excavated the adjacent plot and found that the sewer water was from the adjacent plot but public health officers remained silent.

The Public Health Officer in charge of Kitengela Bernard Kiluva said he was recently been posted in the area and he inherited the mess from his predecessors.

Kajiado Nema director Joseph Kopejo promised to visit the apartment along with other officials in due course and take the necessary action.

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