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Mukuru Demolitions Victims Demand Compensation From the Government


Victims of the ongoing Mukuru Kwa Njenga demolitions are now demanding compensation saying that they have rendered jobless and without shelter and any source of livelihood.

The demolitions were done to pave way for the construction of the Nairobi Express Way.

In an interview with Ghetto Radio News Jared Osoti an area resident says that the government demolished households, business structures and up to this moment they have received no penny as compensation.

“I think it is anchored  in the law that whenever you evict someone who has stayed on that particular place for a given period then you must compensate them…we have stayed in Mukuru slums for more than 20 years how do we start up our life again when they have destroyed everything?’’ Osoti posed.

The locals have also blamed the government and their leaders for not providing them with proper information with regards to the demolition.


“They have not been telling us the extent of demolition so that people can prepare in advance… that has been a big challenge…our leaders are quiet we only saw former Embakasi South   Member of Parliament Sumra who led us in  demonstrations,” he told Ghetto Radio News.

According to Nairobi Regional Commissioner James Kianda  the expansion of the Catherine Ndereba Road will connect the Nairobi Expressway with Industrial Area from Kobil Mombasa Road, for the benefit of city  residents.

“This road will act as an exit from the Expressway at a link road that is being constructed around City Cabanas junction. Businesses that are situated along the road, like Jua Kali are expected to pick up,” said Kianda.

“Plans were underway to start putting up the railway station, but we realized that it was not going to serve any function since it could not be accessed. The road will however enable residents access amenities like schools and hospitals,” he further stated.