A building belonging to former Gem MP Jakoyo Midiwo has been demolished by Kisumu County Government.
The building was brought down by county bulldozers, with the operation led by Kisumu City manager, Abala Wanga.
Reports indicate that the building was demolished because it was constructed on a drainage and sewer network.
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Through a public notice dated April 14, 2020, the building was linked to the poor drainage system in the city hence needed to be brought down.
The notice had ideally given a warning to the tenants of the building to vacate together with other owners of the structures around the area to vacate before demolitions commenced.
“Due to the unpredictable weather pattern and long rains, the city of Kisumu has experienced major challenges with flooding of the streets and estates. One of the most affected estates is Migosi where drainage and sewer network has completely collapsed owing illegal encroachment on the drainage and sewer system which has, in turn, interfered with sewer and water flow,” read the Public Notice.
In a different account of events last year, Midiwo was set to lose his rented Kisumu mansion over accumulated rent arrears amounting to Sh876,000.
The County government of Kisumu threatened to take action against Midiwo and other politicians whose rent arrears have accumulated to close to millions of shillings.
Midiwo however denied living in the house to warrant the accumulated rent arrears. For instance, he argued that the notice of eviction was a misunderstanding over repairs.