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Uproar As Former MP Turns Residential Building Into A Bar

by Yahil Felix

A former MP is on the spot as residents of Membley Estate in Kiambu have protested after he established a bar in their neighborhood.

The attempts of the residents to call on relevant authorities to intervene has bore no fruits as the former MP of Ol Joro Orok constituency John Muriithi Waiganjo has continued to operate his bar and restaurant against the residence’s bylaws. The MP has however denied the allegations.

The residents have complained of loud music, strangers thronging the area and hundreds of vehicles being parked outside.

The residential area called Plant House is on the Eastern Bypass in Membley Estate. Residents have said with his family of six children and his wife, he occupies the house at the same time selling alcohol.

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Last year, residents of Membley Daykio wrote to the Ruiru sub-county administrator, Deputy County Commissioner, Ruiru sub-county and the Kiambu County CEC for Lands, Housing and physical planning to complain about the changes.

However,a week ago, the politician told his neighbors off after social and mainstream media highlighted their plight.

He posted a letter on Whatsapp groups claiming that the Kiambu County planning, technical committee held on May 3 approved change of user.

However, residents claimed the letter is fake and he got it with the assistance of his brother who is an MCA for Kahawa West.

Despite their complains in 2020, the former MP sought for change of user on February 10. The letter said he was seeking regularization of change of use from residential to commercial.

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