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Githurai market structures demolished as state reclaims railway land

Traders decry government move, say livelihoods have been destroyed

In Summary

• Sources said Kenya Railways had issued a notice to owners of the structures to remove them prior to the Tuesday morning demolition.

•But the traders condemned the action, saying the government had ‘killed’ their sources of livelihoods. “Some of us have been here since the early 2000s," they claimed.

A areal view of Githurai Kimbo matket after demolition of the stalls along the railway line on August 26,2020/ MERCY MUMO
A areal view of Githurai Kimbo matket after demolition of the stalls along the railway line on August 26,2020/ MERCY MUMO

Illegal structures in Githurai were demolished as the government moves to clear out encroachers on railway land.

Sources said Kenya Railways had issued a notice to owners of the structures to remove them prior to the Tuesday morning demolition.

 
 

But the traders condemned the action, saying the government had ‘killed’ their sources of livelihoods. “Some of us have been here since the early 2000s," they claimed.

"This market has been our source of income and now we are completely shuttered with this demolition," Jonah Kamau said.

“The structures you see here in pieces have taken our children to school and paid rent for us for many years. How does the government expect us to survive with this pandemic? Caroline Mueni said.