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Unlawful Demolitions in Nairobi Slums Spark Outrage

By Lucy

Residents of Nairobi’s slums, including Mathare, Dandora, Mukuru kwa Njenga, and Kariobangi, are reeling from a series of unlawful demolitions that have left many homeless and devastated. Following President William Ruto’s visit, authorities intensified efforts to clear houses built along the Nairobi River. This forced eviction drive has met fierce resistance from the affected communities.

Clashes have erupted between residents and police as people fought to protect their homes. The violence tragically resulted in the death of a 17-year-old boy, further inflaming the situation. Many residents argue that the demolitions are not only unjust but also inhumane, as they lack adequate notice and alternative housing arrangements.

These actions have sparked widespread condemnation from human rights groups and activists, who accuse the government of violating the rights of its citizens. Critics argue that the evictions exacerbate the already dire living conditions in these slums, displacing thousands without proper resettlement plans.

The unlawful demolitions highlight a severe disconnect between government policies and the needs of Nairobi’s poorest residents. As the evictions continue, calls for justice and humane treatment grow louder, urging the government to find more compassionate and lawful solutions to urban development challenges.

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