Two people have died while thousands left homeless following the overnight demolitions conducted by the Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) in Njiru, Nairobi County.
Reports reveal that one person died due to shock and stress after he returned home to find all his life’s possessions destroyed.
According to his neighbours, the man had taken a loan to build his properties and was in the process of repaying the loan.
“The man was fine but the moment he found out that his property had been destroyed and land repossessed, he suddenly died,” Serah Wanjiku who is a resident of the area said.
Residents of Njiru expressed their frustrations over the demolitions conducted by NMS stating that they had not been given an eviction notice and had been caught by surprise over the demolitions.
“NMS and the government should have given us sufficient notice considering we had bought lands. That way, we would have been prepared on where to go. Many people are physically and mentally affected with some even sleeping outside,” one of the residents stated.
Serah Wanjiku blamed the government for the incidence adding that some people had taken loans to build their homes.
“This incident has taken me back more than 30 years. If this is what the government is doing, it is really wrong. People had even taken loans to build their homes, but the moment we have settled, the government comes and destroys everything,” Wanjiku stated.
Makadara MP George Aladwa criticized the demolition terming it as inhumane.
The Makadara lawmaker also stated that the national government should have ensured that citizen’s rights were protected as required by the constitution.
“While I welcome all the intended development projects in our sub-county from both the county and national government, it is hard to understand the motivation behind evicting people from their homes at a time when the President has announced cessation of movement in and out of Nairobi. How will the affected look for new homes at a time when the same government has restricted movement?” Aladwa posed.