Scores of families displaced after Mukuru slums demolition

Kenya news, Residents of Mukuru Kwa Njenga salvage their property after the slum was demolished following a government directive. PHOTO | COURTESY

Hundreds of residents at Mukuru Kwa Njenga will tonight spend the night inside cold after their houses were demolished on Wednesday morning.

The demolition which commenced inside wee hours of Wednesday caught most residents unaware.

The demolitions comes after the government gave those encroaching on private land to leave.

Houses constructed along road reserves, railway lines, power lines in addition to pipelines’ right-of-way are set for demolition across the country.

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A resident of Mukuru Kwa Njenga ponders her next move after the slum was demolished following a government directive. PHOTO | COURTESY

The government on Monday said which more than 100 structures will be brought down in a process which was set to begin next week to protect infrastructure through damage in addition to bring sanity inside construction industry.

Moses Nyakiongora, Buildings Inspectorate secretary inside Ministry of Lands, Housing in addition to Urban Development said the government in partnership with relevant authorities had served owners in addition to families of targeted locations with notices to evacuate encroached lands.

Uncertain of what was to come, some residents of Mukuru Kwa Njenga near Imara Daima commenced to move their property, nevertheless others were not so lucky.

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Residents of Mukuru Kwa Njenga salvage their property after the slum was demolished following a government directive. PHOTO | COURTESY

According to some of the residents, they saw a police car which came at night in addition to told them to go into their houses in addition to nothing would likely happen then a few minutes later 10 land cruisers in addition to a tractor showed up.

The demolition has seen over 300 houses in addition to businesses flattened.

Residents have accused Kenya Railways for their predicament accusing them of going against a court order barring them through eviction.

Many of the residents have called place their home for the last 10 years in addition to are right now calling on the government in addition to additional stakeholders to intervene.

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Scores of families displaced after Mukuru slums demolition

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