Tension as Kibera demolitions spark fear of protests


Kibera slum in Nairobi. Photo/REUTERS
Kibera slum in Nairobi. Photo/REUTERS

In Summary

  • Demonstrations are expected on Ngong Road near Uchumi, Mbagathi Way and the Southern Bypass.
  • Those planning to use the said roads are urged to exercise caution and find alternative routes if possible.
  • The first phase of the demolition began on June 21 at 3am with Kibera residents claiming they were not informed.

Protests in Kibera loom on Tuesday as some residents maintained they would stay put despite an order for them to vacate houses illegally built near the railway line.

The notice given 11 days ago said the structures were built on a road reserve.

“The construction of Ngong Road-Kibera-Kiungu Karumba-Langata Link Road is at advanced stage.

“This is therefore to give public notice that these structures must be removed before July 16, 2018,” the memo from the National Building Inspectorate reads.

Demonstrations are expected on Ngong Road near Uchumi, Mbagathi Way and the Southern Bypass which border Kibera.

Those planning to use the said roads are urged to exercise caution and find alternative routes if possible to avoid being caught up in the melee.

The first phase of the demolition began on June 21 at 3am with Kibera residents claiming they were not informed.

Kibera residents could be seen trying to salvage their belongings as local media reported that over 400 families were left homeless after the exercise.

Kibra MP Ken Okoth has since urged the State to ensure that those affected are duly compensated

“I call upon the Cabinet Secretary in charge of roads to make sure the affected persons are relocated in a humane fashion and given fair compensation as per the Constitution of Kenya and the laws and guidelines on evictions and resettlement.

“The IDP Act 2012 is clear on the rights of citizens affected by development projects and the guidelines for compensation and resettlement, ” he said.

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