BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,11TH OCT,2021-Several people have been left homeless after government officials flattened houses on a road reserve within Mukuru Slums, Nairobi.
Officials say the expansion of Cathrene Ndereba Road from Airport Road is part of a planned exercise to ensure the network in the informal settlement is good. This has displaced many.
Government bulldozers landed in the area this morning in a demolition exercise which was being supervised by police and roads officials.
The officials said those whose houses were demolished had been warned and compensated.
The road is part of the the Nairobi expressway and is aimed at easing traffic flow on roads surrounding the highway. Those affected have been urged to move elsewhere.
Lack of roads in informal settlements has affected many services in general.
A resident John Onserio said he had been compensated but did not know where to move to.
He said he lost property in the demolition that began Sunday night.
“They came with bulldozers and started the exercise bringing down many structures that were near the road. But some of us don’t know where to go,”Onserio said.
The road runs through the slum and is key in opening up the area. There are tens of residents who had built and stayed on the affected stretch.
They were however talked, compensated and told to move. It will snake through the slum up to Outer Ring Road which stretches almost ten kilometers.
The expressway has expanded many other feeder roads in a program that was signed to manage traffic flow