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Kariobangi Residents Protest Over Eviction

By Esther Nyambura

Motorists have today on 8th May, Friday been advised to use alternative routes as Kariobangi Residents protest against the forceful evictions that happened on Monday where over 5,000 families lost their homes.

The residents have blocked the outer ring road, Kariobangi-Korogocho Bridge and have lit bonfires and are moving closer to the round-about where armed forces are standing by. The residents were evicted on allegations of occupying Nairobi City Water Sewerage Company.

One of the protestors who have identified herself as Sophie said: “They have demolished our houses and we are living outside in the cold with our children. I sell onions in the market and they have closed the market. Where will we eat? How will we feed and protect our children amid the Coronavirus pandemic?

They have placed road blocks on our roads. How will we survive?” Despite having title deeds to their homes and having paid levies to the County government, the residents of Kariobangi Sewerage Farmers Slum, Korogocho Market, Kisumu Ndogo and Nyayo Village were still forcibly evicted and their homes were demolished.

Human rights activists said that the tthousands of those who lost their homes are at high risk of contracting COVID-19.

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