Thousands displaced in Kibera following evictions

Urban development often neglects urban poor

More than 10,000 were left homeless after authorities cleared area for road construction to alleviate the capital's notorious traffic.

July 26, 2018

In the early morning on July 23, bulldozers came through the Monimosih neighborhood of Kibera demolishing rows of homes making way for a new highway in Nairobi. This demolition included at least two primary schools and a church, as well as the homes of approximately 30,000 people.

Leaving most with nowhere to turn, displaced residents slept outside or bunked with friends in already overcrowded houses in Kibera. Government officials state residents of Kibera are living illegally and have no formal land rights. Yet, such actions in Kibera and other informal settlements across the globe are disputed by residents and legal experts.

Leilani Farha, UN Special Reporter on the right to adequate housing, condemned the forced evictions stating, “These evictions were started without adequate notice, and with no arrangements for resettlement and compensation in place…Forced evictions constitute a gross violation of human rights, as they affect the human rights to adequate housing, food, water, health, education, and work.”

The eviction notice paving the way for a 4.2 Kilometre dual carriageway connecting Ngong’ and Langata roads was issued 3 years ago. Subsequently, in 2016, the Kenya Urban Roads Authority (KURA) was awarded a Sh2.1 billion contract for the construction of the road. Residents of Kibera filed two cases to thwart the construction, but bother were dismissed in late 2017. A 14-day notice was issued to residents, serving only as a reminder of the planned demolition.

None of CFK’s offices and centers were affected by these demolitions. However, several of our beneficiaries, partner organizations, and schools have been greatly impacted. Peter, who was growing crops in sack gardens to help feed his family, was affected by a similar demolition in June clearing. He lost his home and his sack farm when evicted to clear the land bordering the railway running through Kibera.

We are deeply saddened by the egregious evictions of thousands in Kibera. We stand by those affected and will provide support  as we work towards a more equitable and just housing solution for the community. #TuendeleePamoja #ProgressTogether


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