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Landowners add to troubled Tassia project woes

14 February 2014, 07:42Augustine Osayande

Abuja - The controversial Tassia II project encountered yet another setback with representatives of the 5 500 land owners vowing to challenge National Social Security Fund’s imposition of additional charges to facilitate development of infrastructure in the estate.

Samwel Ndamaiywa, a land owner and representative of fellow land buyers in the scheme, said that most of the buyers had completed payments and should therefore be given their certificates of clearances as promised.

“The addition of an extra Sh 920 000 which was not captured in the initial contract is a violation of the agreement and we are ready to go to court to challenge the position taken by NSSF,” said an angered Nadamaiywa.

The additional fees were brought to the land buyers’ attention just after China Jiangxi Ltd was given a contract to construct access roads and sewerage systems within the estate.

This was done in a manner that was deemed controversial by a section of the board members of the NSSF who have since claimed the project as unprofitable and characterized by corruption.

The decision to develop access roads and sewerage systems in the estate was a requirement of the Nairobi County government and was taken up by NSSF which is alleged to have irregularly allocated Sh. 5.03 billion for the project and further decided to pass on the charges to the land buyers.

Government and NSSF officials have appeared before a Parliamentary Committee probing the alleged corruption and irregularities.

– CAJ News

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