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Chaos as Makongeni residents resist eviction (UPDATE 1)

Monday August 25 2008

Makongeni residents engaging police in a day

Makongeni residents engaging police in a day long battle on Monday. Photo/HEZRON NJOROGE 

By CASPER WAITHAKA

Nairobi's Makongeni residents have began paying rent arrears owed to the Kenya Railways Corporation after waging day-long battles against riot police in attempts to resist eviction.

However, a number of evictees who had their properties confiscated by the Corporation will be required to clear all monies owed before getting them back.

The Kenya Railways hopes to collect Sh302 million in unpaid arrears for over two years from 2,800 residents. The rent collected from the houses is supposed to benefit Kenya Railways pensioners.

Early this morning, a man was shot as police and scores of youth clashed when resident resisted eviction after a notice to pay lapsed.

The riots spilled over onto Jogoo road and paralysed traffic.

Police were deployed after some of the demonstrators swarmed the road and pelted motorist with stones.

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The officers alsolobbedtear gas as the demonstrators engaged them in running battles within the estate.

The Railway Corporation wants some of the residents to vacate the houses accusing of them of failing to pay rent for a long time.

The company owns the houses in the estate, which is one of the oldest in the city.

It had also sought to increase the monthly rent for the houses.

Trouble started at around 8am when scores of residents started demonstrations against the move.

On Sunday, former Makadara MP Reuben Ndolo and other politicians held a rally in the estate and spoke against the eviction notice.