Blow to tenants as Uhuru says he has no power to compel landlords to waive rent amid Covid-19 pandemic
President Uhuru Kenyatta has refused to come to the rescue of tenants during this strange times as he says he has no leverage over landlords.
In an interview with Radio Citizen, the president admitted that it is unfortunate some landlords have resorted to evicting tenants who are unable pay rent, but said it is beyond him as these are personal and private businesses which he cannot interfere with.
The president said there is no way the government will pass a law compelling landlords to waive rent for tenants who cannot pay.
“I plead with landlords to be considerate. I thank those who have been considerate. But we can’t compel landlords to waive rent for tenants because this is their business. I can easily ensure there is power and water in every homestead because these are government entities. But we cannot compel landlords to spare tenants because that is their personal business,” Uhuru said.
This comes even as some tenants have been left homeless after being evicted from their houses for failing to settle their rent arrears.
Kenyans have been calling on the government to compel landlords to waive rent for at least three months as many have lost their sources of income due to Coronavirus.