NMS To Bring Down Informal Households On Public Land For ‘Causing Insecurity’
The Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) is planning to evict hundreds of families living in informal settlements on the city’s public land over what it terms as security concerns.
NMS Director-General Mohamed Badi says that the Regional Security Intelligence Committee (RSIC) had approved evictions in Lang’ata, Embakasi, Njiru, Mathare and Makadara.
“Illegal structures along the Kenya Builder & Concrete Co Ltd perimeter wall and surrounding areas of Kware and Pipeline in Embakasi are causing insecurity,” Badi told the Parliament on Wednesday.
The Business Daily on Wednesday quoted Badi as saying that RSIC was additionally reviewing eviction requests for Embakasi, Kamkukunji, Kasarani, Starehe, Westlands, Kibra, and Kamukunji.
In Embakasi, the Badi-led body and RSIC are seeking to crack down on the upcoming informal establishments near Ole Sereni and along the perimeter wall of the East African School of Aviation.
Badi also noted the development of LR. No 42/2/1/1 in Njiru is illegal and is a top priority for demolition.
Although no date was given for the evictions, the NMS boss said the evictions will also target structures at Karsang land on Manyanja Road in Donholm’s Umoja Division block number 82/5608, as well as structures near Trans Mara Printers property.
“Demolitions at Village Kiamaiko whereby the area is currently full of illegal structures that are serving as dwelling houses built on sewer line. Nairobi Water and Services Company wants to upgrade the sewer line,” he added.
NMS will also remove illegal containers placed at Huruma playground in Mathare by community-based organizations.
At the same time, RSIC has pending eviction requests for Tassia and Shauri Moyo in Embakasi, Farmers Choice at Kahawa West in Roysambu, Baba Dogo, General Wairunge Street in Pangani, Imara Daima, Kibra, Kamukunji and Shauri Moyo.
The government in January halted evictions at the Mukuru kwa Njenga slums in Nairobi, where residents had been hounded from the informal settlement on Christmas Day last year.
The incident caused an uproar among Kenyans, pushing President Uhuru Kenyatta to order all evicted residents to be resettled.
While condemning the evictions as ‘insensitive and unnecessary’, Interior CS Fred Matiang’i at the time said the government would hasten negotiations with the private owners of the piece of land at the center of the land tussle, adding that the planned infrastructural developments would still be undertaken procedurally.