WHY was the demolition carried out...
The Nubian Community in Kibos had their remaining 19 acres of land demolished yesterday night out of the 100 plus that had been allocated to settle them by the colonial Government, the rest had been grabbed off
... i remember a few years ago in the kariobangi area ...i saw people settling in the land set aside for the sewage system .....it was clearly demarcated......i was in the area doing the bvr electoral registrations.......and i told a friend that the houses wil b demolished ...and last year they were demolished......who is to blame ...i had sonko pulling the president's name in the saga ......^^
Are this communities encroaching on the railway corridor?
Its very sad what is happening. If we are to correct past mistakes in terms of encroachment, illicit/illegal buildings many poor souls will suffer. But again, this is the cost of development. It has its casualties especially coming from past corrupt and inept regimes.
The destroyed mosque was more than 90 years old, Nubians have been disenfranchised so much in this country, they have been denied IDs and even registering and getting title for the land that they had been allocated by the colonial Government, while other people who encroached and grabbed land where their village stood have gotten titles and escaped the demolition.Going by what I'm seeing on the ground, the demolitions countrywide are taking huge sections of our urban landscape, neighborhoods being wiped off the map. Given that the railway lines by design were passing near CBDs of most towns, some CBDs may become unrecognisable when this exercise is concluded. Its almost as if we had a natural disaster tearing through western Kenya. I cant even count the number of homeless or businesses brought down in these difficult times.
Like the Kibos case, I have a feeling some people are taking out communities using the railway as an excuse maybe for electoral or other reasons. Just like what they used to do in the US to black neighborhoods, plan a highway or a railway through the unwanted community and wipe it off the map.