COVID-19: Jaguar urges Uhuru to stop landlords from evicting tenants
By Fay Ngina | April 9th 2020
Member of Parliament Charles ‘Jaguar’ Njagua on Thursday April 9, urged President
Uhuru to take the same stance as Uganda President Museveni on rent to help
legislator asked Uhuru to stop landlords from evicting Kenyans who are
struggling to pay rent as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in
“I urge President Uhuru Kenyatta to take a similar stance on
rent as @kagutamuseveni. Museveni
has stopped evictions in Uganda. Let's ban them as well. Most Kenyans aren't
going to work. They have little to spare for rent. Also, govt should protect
landlords from auctions by banks,” pleaded the MP.
Jaguar stated that evicting Kenyans at such a time could
pose a ‘health and security risk’ that the country cannot afford.
He added that most Kenyans will turn to crime as they try to
find means to fend for their families.
“Evictions of tenants, while we are facing this crisis, is a
health & security risk that we can't afford. How will they obey curfews
when they are out in the cold? Some will turn to crime out of desperation to
fend for their families. Let us avoid such risks by banning evictions,” he
The MP also urged some landlords to waive rent for those who
cannot afford, asking the other tenants who can afford pay the rent.
In the past couple of days, news of landlords evicting
tenants the headlines. In Eldoret, one landlady removed a tenant’s roof for
failing to pay Sh500 rent arrears.
Another landlord in Weitethie, Kiambu County, removed the
doors of his tenants and disconnected electricity and water after they failed
to pay rent.
In March, Michael Munene, a landlord in Kinangop Nyandarua
County was commended by netizens online after waiving two months' rent for both
his residential and commercial units.
Munene said that he understands the economic situation since the pandemic hit the country; that's why he decided that his tenants won't pay rent for two months, March and April.
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