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Nairobi tycoons ‘pushed’ for evictions

Tuesday November 22 2011

By NATION REPORTER

Top police officers in Nairobi connived with tycoons in Industrial Area to push for the demolitions of buildings in Embakasi, a parliamentary committee was told on Tuesday.

Residents whose homes were flattened told the committee investigating the controversial demolitions that the police officers claimed the shelters were on the flight path after a meeting a Mr Ishmael, in which a “thick envelope” was given to them.

Mr Ken Ng’ondi, a councillor of Mukuru kwa Njenga Ward in Nairobi and the chairman of Kyang’ombe residents, Mr Bernard Bosire, told the Joint Committee at Nairobi’s County Hall, that the said tycoon had previously threatened the residents with evictions, including forging a court order.

Safe slum

“I urge this committee to investigate the conduct of the Nairobi PC, the Provincial Police Officer and his deputy, director City Planning Tom Odongo and the Embakasi OCPD,” said Mr Ng’ondi.

He said the officials had assured him that the slum was safe, only for them to turn around and demolish it for its proximity to the flight path.

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“I personally spoke to them and they assured me that the slum was safe.

“But when they came, the PC told me they had decided to demolish everything because if they left the area next to the flight path, the dwellers will encroach on it,” Mr Ng’ondi told the committee.

It is after this that the councillor called Mr Odongo, who informed him that this was a Cabinet decision.