President Kenyatta promises building materials for the evicted Mukuru residents
Thousands of residents of Mukuru Kwa Njenga slum, whose houses were demolished to pave way for road construction, can now sigh with relief after President Uhuru Kenyatta promised to meet their relocation costs.
The eviction which started in October, affected residents who were occupying road reserves marked for major road expansion.
While addressing the victims Sunday, Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) Director-General Mohamed Badi said that NMS will ensure that those affected by the demolition are duly compensated.
“Through the Office of the President, NMS will ensure the families rebuild their homes. The President will provide iron sheets, timber and other building materials for the 76,000 affected residents.” Badi said.
However, he warned against further encroachment of land marked for government projects.
“All road reserves and roads will be marked. The other lands can be occupied but let no single structure be erected on the road paths,” Badi added.
In August 2017, the Nairobi City County declared Mukuru a Special Planning Area, stopping any further development in the area to promote the safety and health of the residents.
The slum is also set to benefit from a social housing program that will see over 13,000 housing units built in a joint venture between the government and private investors.