A landlord in Umoja Three area, Nairobi has removed the roof from a house where two teenagers and their younger siblings have been living following rent arrears.
According to the siblings, the landlord resorted to remove the roof after their father was unable to raise a three month rent owed to the landlord.
Speaking to Ghetto Radio news, the five siblings narrated how their father has been stranded in upcountry since March following the cessation of movement in and out of Nairobi.
According to one of the siblings who is a form four candidate, the landlord had asked them to move but they had nowhere else to go.
“We live with our dad, my mom passed on last year. As we speak, my dad is stranded in upcountry because of the Nairobi lockdown. The landlord came and ordered us to move out by Saturday but we had nowhere else to go. Today, he came and removed the roof. We tried to talk to him but he refused to listen to us.” Said one of the siblings
Jemimah Wanjiru, a Nyumba Kumi elder in the area, said that they have reported the incident and expect the landlord to be charged soon.
Wanjiru has also appealed to well-wishers to help the five siblings.
“The landlord removed the roof because of rent arrears dating back to February. We reported the matter to the police and they said they would come and arrest the landlord if he failed to put the roof back. Right now things are thick and this is a very unfortunate incident. I would just like to appeal to well-wishers to help these kids.