As COVID-19 continues to ravage, more than 7,000 residents of Kariobangi slum estate in Kariobangi North Nairobi County, an informal settlement with over 600 families were unable to observe social distance nor self-quarantine following the demolition o...
As COVID-19 continues to ravage, more than 7,000 residents of Kariobangi slum estate in Kariobangi North Nairobi County, an informal settlement with over 600 families were unable to observe social distance nor self-quarantine following the demolition of their houses on May 4th, 2020 by the government amidst the Coronavirus pandemic ravaging the country. The demolitions which were done under tight security of police officers were conducted by Nairobi City Water and Sewerage Company in a bid to repossess the over 75 acres land owned by the government. The said land is to be used for the construction of a new sewerage treatment plant.
There have been residents living in Kariobangi estate for over a decade now since 2008. Residents said they woke up on Monday morning only to find bulldozers demolishing their homes and business structures. They also claimed the inhumane demolition took place barely after 48 hours verbal notice, which the Nairobi Sewerage Company denied claiming they had been given prior notice to evict the land.
“We only received communication on Friday from the DC that evictions will be happening and that we should start looking for alternative places to live in. There wasn’t any eviction notice. We have the letters, and we have been paying rent for the past 12 years,” exasperated Titus Ndambuki, says, a resident of Kariobangi Estate.
Kariobangi North Member of County Assembly (MCA) Julius Njoka, condemned the demolitions and accused the government of being inhumane to its citizens amidst the Coronavirus pandemic.
“This is the wrong time to carry out evictions and demolitions, leaving people who are already facing an economic crisis due to Covid-19 homeless. This is inhumane. Most of these people are elderly, and others have young families. They have nowhere to go to and will be forced to live in shanties which might lead to a spike in Covid-19 cases,” says the MCA.