Reprieve for business owners as court halts demolition of building

Monday, June 5th, 2023 05:50 | By
Court gavel. PHOTO/Internet
Court gavel. PHOTO/Internet

An Eldoret court has halted the demolition of the building hosting Keiyo Housing Cooperative Society.

The court extended orders restraining the demolition till further directions are given over plans to bring the property down to pave way for construction of a Sh130 million business mall.

Tension and anxiety gripped traders, who operated in the building when they were served with a court order directing them to prepare to vacate the property or be forcibly evicted.

Eldoret West police boss Edward Masibo, who was accompanied by Turbo Deputy County commissioner Mohammed Mwabudzo, could not continue with their plans to evict business owners after receiving another restraining court order.

“We had visited the building in the morning armed with the eviction court order and talked to the traders to prepare to vacate ahead of demolition. But another opposing group rushed to court and obtained another court order restraining the demolition,” Masibo said.

The building has been under leadership dispute by a section of its 1,900 shareholders from Keiyo South in Elgeyo Marakwet.

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