In Summary

  • Nairobi City County Eviction Resettlement and Demolitions Bill 2023 is yet to be passed.
  • It will provide  guidance  on demolition process and compensation of those affected.


Section of civil society groups are now calling on the Nairobi City County Assembly to move with speed and expedite legislation of Nairobi City County Eviction Resettlement and Demolitions Bill 2023 to law a move they say will help the county with clear guidelines on demolition exercise.

According to Civil Society Reference Group president David Otieno, the bill requires another round of Mwananchi’s in-put before taken back to the assembly for further debate and subsequent legislation.

“This bill is a actually a cure to many atrocities and lawlessness in demolitions that we are currently witnessing.We are calling upon the Nairobi City County Assembly to bring  the bill back for another proper public participation so  that the missing vital components omitted can be captured.’’ Otieno said.

Current Demolition

He has described the on-going demolition on riparian land along Nairobi River illegal and discriminatory.

According to Otieno structures belonging to those with deep pockets have been spared with the focus being low income areas.

“These demolitions are illegal and very discriminatory, they are not being done in good faith. You find that area like Muthaiga Kileleshwa  multi-million structures are left untouched despite being developed on riparian land…go to Mathare you will be shocked they have even exceeded the 30 meters mark.

Kindiki Demolition

Meanwhile Interior Cabinet Secretary Kithure Kindiki has maintained that the demolition on riparian land along River Nairobi will go on until the government is satisfied that  citizens are safe from the ravaging floods.

“Pursuant to the relevant provisions of the Constitution of Kenya and National Land Legislation, it is hereby ordered that all persons residing within the 30 metre riparian corridor of rivers and other water courses across the country vacate immediately and in any case within 24 hours effective today, May 2, 2024 at 1830 hours, failing which they will be subjected to mandatory evacuation for their safety and their premises, whether for public or private use shall be removed.”

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