More than 1000 families in kibra shall not sleep in their known homes tonight as the government demolished their houses to pave way for construction of Yaya-Langata road. Two bulldozers from Kenya rural and urban roads authority (KURA) were at work this morning. The demolition began from Dc grounds located in Makina ward and is expected to end at Lindi ward near Kibera south health center.
According to many residents, they were ambushed and had little to save as remains of households could be noticed from far. Juliet Iminza a woman in her late 6os who is among those affected says she has been a resident of kibra for the past 30 years and to her, the demolition means sending her away from her motherland.
“I don’t know where to start; my house is down, my business is down, I could not save anything because I am old. My neighbors moved at 3am, I woke up and noticed I was the only one remaining” says Juliet while crying.
Above: Juliet Iminza watches in pain the remains of her house pulled down by bulldozers.
According to KURA, people whose houses were demolished were given a 14-day notice and even extended by a week, this was enough to enable them to relocate. Among structures that have been affected include churches, schools as well as community-based NGO offices.
As at 1700hrs Monday 23rd July, two primary schools had been brought down raising questions on the future of at least 300 children who risk missing quality education. over  500 learners from Mashimoni squatters primary, with the exception of class 8 candidates, were asked to look for alternative schools since the school will also be demolished.
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Officers from various security agencies patrolled the slum as the affected watched from afar. Operations resume tomorrow morning in the remaining areas as the government seeks to ease traffic along Ngong and langata roads with the construction of the new road

By Henix

Multimedia journalist

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