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Saturday May 16, 2020 – A section of Ruai residents in Nairobi County numbering over 100 families were forced to spend the night in the cold after bulldozers invaded and demolished their houses about two hours to midnight.

The houses were demolished following orders by the Government to reclaim the contested area.

Kenyans on Twitter called out the Government for the night evictions, which left families exposed to possible rains.

The eviction came barely a week after a similar exercise was carried out in Kariobangi North where hundreds of families were evicted to pave way for the construction of a modern city sewer.

The evictions, which happened at a time when many Kenyans were experiencing tumultuous moments brought about by the advent of Coronavirus and heavy downpour, sparked rage from netizens who demanded answers on the urgency of the Government project to be set up after evictions.

The Ministry of Water and the Ministry of Lands stated that all structures in the area allocated to the plant will be flattened.

In a joint statement, the two Ministries said: “Squatters illegally settled on the fringes of the sewage ponds are advised to immediately vacate the area, as all semi-permanent and permanent erected structures within the allocated parcel of land will be destroyed.”

According to the Government, land in Nairobi County that was meant for the development of sanitation facilities, treatment plants and storage facilities has been grabbed by private developers.


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