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Kenya: Man Sues Over 7,000% Increase in Land Rates

A Kisumu resident has gone to court seeking to suspend the recently gazetted Draft Valuation Roll 2017 by Governor Anyang Nyong'o's government, which he argues imposes exorbitant property rates.

Mr John Michael Obure, a tenant of a rented property in Manyatta, wants the Kenya Gazette notice that has increased rates by up to over 7,000 per cent suspended.According to the Gazette Notice dated December 24, 2020, the Draft Valuation Roll 2017 was presented before the Kisumu County Assembly meeting on December 23, 2020.In the Gazette notice signed by County Secretary Godfrey Kigochi, any aggrieved person can lodge objections upon payment of the requisite non-refundable Sh500 fee.23 January 2021 p A Kisumu resident has gone to court seeking to suspend the recently gazetted Draft Valuation Roll 2017 by Governor Anyang Nyong'o's government, which he argues imposes exorbitant property rates.

In the suit, Mr Obure argues that should the roll go unchallenged, property owners will be subjected to increased rates up to 7, 275 per cent on free hold land and 5,343 per cent on leasehold land.He also wants all proceedings and processes arising from it to be stopped pending hearing and determination of an application he has filed before the Environment and Lands Court in Kisumu.

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