The Star (Nairobi)

12 June 2012

Kenya: Kitengela School Demolished Over Sh450,000 Rent

A PROPRIETOR of a private school in Kitengela together with more than 200 pupils and their parents were yesterday morning left in shock when they found their school brought down by hired goons over an alleged non-payment of rent. Phoebe Muthama the owner of The Shining Stars Academy suspects the owner of the 3.8 acre land could have been behind the demolition.

She admitted there was a rent arrear of Sh450,000 and that she had informed the owner of the land, Wachira Mugweru, that she would pay the sum. It is alleged that the contract between the two on the lease of the said plot had expired and that arrangement was being processed by their lawyers to renew it for another 10 years. Phoebe claimed the cost of the demolished facility was Sh1.5 million.

The iron sheets and building stones on the site have either been either sold or stolen. The school had 12 classes up to standard 8. The first batch of class eight pupils did their KCPE last year and came out with an average mean score of 295 points. Parents are now demanding the money they had paid as fees back. The stand-off between the proprietor and the owner of the plot seems to be getting nastier as education officials in the area seem to ignore the incident. The land owner could not be reached fr comments.

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