Over 500 families on Saturday, March 27, woke up to their houses being demolished in Nairobi’s Njiru area, an incident which was reportedly caught many by surprise as they claimed not to have been noticed for the planned demolition.
The residents in response to the process of demolition held protests, resulting in a huge traffic snarl-up along Kangundo road. Motorists were advised to use alternative routes as police moved to contain the situation.
The demolitions which was conducted in a similar manner to the Ruai and Kariobangi demolitions in 2020 as the government began the process of evicting People who settled on the disputed piece of land to pave way for expansion of the Dandora sewerage treatment plant.
The exercise was overseen by the Ministries of Land and Water in a move to reclaim the land parcel that had been reserved for sewerage facilities.
Section of ODM party has condemned the demolition citing that the demolition were order by top government officials, �We have a reason to believe that someone in government has a personal interest in this land, hence the brutality and the silence,� ~ ODM MPs joint statement.
�This brutality that has destroyed years of savings of thousands of people has been committed at a time Kenyans are going through an extremely difficult struggle with COVID-19,� ~ ODM MPs statement.
Hon. Oluoch claimed that the evictions fly in the face of the constitution, “The evictions in #Njiru fly in the face of the constitution and international instruments that obligate the government to treat people humanely.”
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