Governor Fernandes Barasa on Wednesday distanced himself from the ongoing demolitions after posh homes in Kakamega's Milimani Estate were demolished on Monday.
The demolitions which left behind a trail of destruction estimated at millions of shillings, have attracted criticism for the manner in which they were conducted
In a statement, Governor Barasa pointed an accusing finger at the Regional Commissioner stressing that the County Government was not consulted before the demolitions began
“In regard to the ongoing demolitions of property in the Milimani area within Kakamega town, I wish to state that we were not part of those activities,” the Governor remarked.
Among those affected by the demolitions was a Kakamega-based billionaire whose home was also brought down.
Reports indicate that the demolitions were being carried out to pave the way for President William Ruto's Affordable Housing Project as speculation continues to swirl that the houses were built on public land.
Barasa was forced to clarify the issue after a section of residents faulted the county government for its failure to respond to the destructions.
"Whatever is happening in Kakamega today, even as you can see people are agonised, yes the homes are being destroyed, but these people do not have any other alternative, people are in pain, where were they when the licenses were issued," lamented one resident.
The demolitions have also affected a number of politicians including properties belonging to a former cabinet secretary.
According to reports, the house owners were served with a seven-day eviction notice which ordered them to vacate the area.
Upon getting wind of the demolitions, a group of rowdy youths stormed the section and began stealing valuables from the demolished houses.
This prompted police officers at the scene to lob tear gas canisters to scatter the rowdy youth.