HARD LIFE

(PHOTOS) The misery of Mukuru Kayaba residents

After the demolitions were carried out, some traders opted to do hawking.

In Summary

• In 2020, the National Government announced plans to upgrade 408 Kilometres of roads within the city slums.

• Mukuru Kayaba being near the Nairobi River residents experience water spills from the river which is polluted and full of garbage.

Hopping and jumping is a daily unwanted ‘exercise’ for the people of Mukuru Kayaba as a means of getting their way through the area.

Normally that is what commuters do to avoid stepping on puddles of water whenever rains pour in estates or in the ever congested and busy city centre.

The scenario is different in the slums which are said to have a population of more than 100,000 people where open raw sewerage flows freely on footpaths and in between houses.

A mama mboga cooking ugali at Mukuru Kayaba which has caused the local residents a nightmare due to challenges in accessibility, flooding and exposure to deadly deceases such as Cholera and Typhoid. January 27, 2022/
A mama mboga cooking ugali at Mukuru Kayaba which has caused the local residents a nightmare due to challenges in accessibility, flooding and exposure to deadly deceases such as Cholera and Typhoid. January 27, 2022/
Image: CHARLENE MALWA
Exposed water pipes for daily use lay on filth waters right next to Mama Mboga kiosks where food items are for sale exposing locals to dangers of contracting Cholera and Typhoid. The government has for 3 months began road demolitions in an effort to pave way for reconstruction with Mukuru Kayaba locals appealing for a face-lift. January 27, 2022
Exposed water pipes for daily use lay on filth waters right next to Mama Mboga kiosks where food items are for sale exposing locals to dangers of contracting Cholera and Typhoid. The government has for 3 months began road demolitions in an effort to pave way for reconstruction with Mukuru Kayaba locals appealing for a face-lift. January 27, 2022
Image: CHARLENE. MALWA
A man hawking tomatoes in between houses at Mukuru Kayaba slum on January 27, 2022
A man hawking tomatoes in between houses at Mukuru Kayaba slum on January 27, 2022
Image: CHARLENE. MALWA
Women wash clothes right across debris of the demolished road sections at Mukuru Kayaba in an effort to make ends meet amidst tough economic times the area faces. January 27, 2022
Women wash clothes right across debris of the demolished road sections at Mukuru Kayaba in an effort to make ends meet amidst tough economic times the area faces. January 27, 2022
Image: CHARLENE MALWA

Living in the slums is hard enough, but when it rains pours it's downright miserable

Grey-black in colour with a mixture of mud and garbage and most times with a foul smell is what flows within Kayaba as children play, mama mboga sell food products and daily activities take place.

A section of a road tampered with at Mukuru Kayaba which has caused the local residents a nightmare due to challenges in accessibility, flooding and exposure to deadly deceases such as Cholera and Typhoid. January 27, 2022
A section of a road tampered with at Mukuru Kayaba which has caused the local residents a nightmare due to challenges in accessibility, flooding and exposure to deadly deceases such as Cholera and Typhoid. January 27, 2022
Image: CHARLENE MALWA