Kariobangi residents left homeless
The National Government has suspended further demolitions at Kariobangi North Estate. This comes after the government on Monday morning left about 5,000 people homeless after demolishing their houses to reclaim the grabbed Dandora estate sewerage waste plant line.
Residents from Kariobangi and Dandora had held protests against the closure of the market. The residents claim to be in possession of the land as Kariobangi North MCA Julius Njoka said the residents were legal owners of the land as allocated by the Nairobi City Council in 2008.
Water Cabinet Sicily Kariuki defended the demolitions saying the government would not compromise the health of its people by exposing them to raw sewage.
“We have the facility to expand the sewerage in Nairobi system because today it is below 50% and that is why diseases of waterborne nature have been reported in the past and now with COVID-19 it is important that we are able to direct raw sewage where it belongs to Ruai and Kariobangi sewerage” She added
Rights activists have criticized the government for the timing of the forced evictions, and they have criticized Kenyan police for allegedly using excessive force while enforcing government measures aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus.