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Shocking scenes as residents celebrate the demolition of their own houses

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It has always been the norm that when people have been evicted from their houses or land, and have become homeless, or squatters, they will protest and demonstrate. They will demand justice, with their anger arising from a feeling of indignation. It is something of an impossibility to even imagine that a person who has just been evicted from somewhere he, or she, has been calling home would jubilate at this. 

However, these were the strange scenes that were witnessed outside the Environment and Lands court in Mombasa on Wednesday after the court ruled that a Kshs 6 billion affordable housing project by the county government of Mombasa, in partnership with a private developer, will go on after a petition by some residents of Buxton estate challenging its implementation was dismissed by court.

The Environment and Land Court said issues raised by the residents challenging implementation of the project at the estate had been determined by another court four years ago in a petition which involved all 10 county estates.


After this ruling, a section of Buxton residents celebrated outside the court, heaping praises on the judgement. 

Amina Abdalla, one of the residents, said that anywhere, anytime, change is always difficult, and she would be forced to live with relatives, but all the same, she was glad that the project was going on because in the long run, it was going to improve Buxton. 

Another resident, Beatrice Gambo, said that the fact that Buxton residents would get first priority once the houses were complete, and that they would get to choose the kind of structure they wanted, was more than they could ask for.

 Perhaps in a move to dispel rumours that they had been paid off by the county government to hold the scene, the residents made it clear that they were also going to bare the brunt of the evictions, but it was for the greater good. 

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  1. Plans to regenerate a 19 housing estate whose own residents voted to demolish it have been revealed. Serpentine Court on the Lakes Estate in Milton Keynes was the first area to hold a residents ballot as part of a ВЈn upgrade to council homes in the town.

  2. There are shocking examples in history of buildings being demolished by their owners just because other people were interested in them or they were of national importance. The idea that the state could stop someone doing whatever they wanted to their own property was ridiculous at the time. That Britain s heritage was worth preserving was a belief held by just a few radicals, say historians. But after witnessing decades of such destruction they became determined to do something.

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