Thousands of slum residents staring at evictions in the wake of COVID-19

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As Coronavirus continues to hit the country hard, thousands of Kariobangi residents are staring at a possible eviction after the Nairobi City County Water and Sewerage Company slapped them with a two day vacation notice.
The eviction notice was reportedly issued on Friday in a move aimed at reclaiming the company’s sewer land.
Close to 500 people have already moved over fear that their property might be vandalized in the demolition set to take place tomorrow. The rest are however stranded not knowing what to do or where to go to.
According to them they bought the land from Nairobi City County employees in 2008 at the cost of Ksh. 350,000 per plot.
A section of the residents have started moving out over fear of their property getting vandalized.

The purchase of the land was reportedly approved by  the defunct City Council during the reign of mayor Geoffrey Majiwa.

  “They didn’t give us proper notice we only heard the announcement through the chief. They have threatened to demolish everything should we refuse to comply..I have children I don’t have money to get somewhere to move in and Corona is also here with us,” one of the residents told Ghetto Radio News.
Titus Ndambuki one of the affected people says he bought his plot at a cost of Ksh. 350,000  from a city county employee who is now deceased.
” I invested everything here where do I go…all documents including alotment letters are available, ” he says.
Both landlords and tenants have been affected. Meanwhile area MCA Maina Njoka has faulted the government over the demolition notice saying that the land was rightfully sold to the residents.
“The president should look into this matter we have titles here this was an agreement that was passed by county assembly and nobody should be evicted. They should be fighting Coronavirus not their people,”Maina stated.
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