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January 23, 2019

Makongeni houses demolished by state

Demolitions in Nairobi /KENNEDY NJERU
Demolitions in Nairobi /KENNEDY NJERU
At least 10,000 people were on Friday left homeless after their houses were demolished by the state in Makongeni.
The residents were woken up by police and county officers in the wee hours of the morning and given two hours to vacate before bulldozers landed on the shanties at 7am. The exercise was carried out under tight security. The residents watched helplessly as their homes were reduced to rubble. Some were caught unawares and lost all their belongings.
The demolitions came barely two weeks after more than 30,000 people were evicted and their houses brought down in Kibera slums to pave way for construction of a road.
“I don’t know what to do because I have lost everything,” resident Clement Wanjala said.
The government had on July 19 given the residents of Makongeni, Kaloleni, Mbotela, Mutindwa, Dandora and Kamae until August 1 to vacate or ahve their houses demolished.
National Building Inspectorate secretary Moses Nyakiongora said the government was clearing all the illegal structures standing along Kenya Power and Railway reserves. “In order to avoid human rights injuries, loss of life and the damage of property associated with railway operations and high voltage electricity lines, public notice is hereby issued for the intended removal of all structures located along the Kenya Power and Railway reserves,” Nyakiongora said in the notice.

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