30 July 2014

Kenya: Ranguma Asks Nyalenda Residents to Create Space for Slum Upgrade

The Kisumu county government has defended the demolition of houses and business premises in Nyalenda earlier this month for the slum upgrading project.

Governor Jack Ranguma said residents should cooperate with his administration to develop the county.

"It is about time we agreed to the county government's decision to ensure that slums are developed. We are asking those who have not yet relocated to do so before the bulldozers come to avoid loss of property," Ranguma said.

Speaking at a funeral in Nyando on Saturday, he assured Kisumu residents of the county's development projects within his first term in office.

Houses and shops on the road from Kilo junction towards Ring Road ministries in Nyalenda were brought down leaving residents homeless and businessmen stranded.

The county government had given a notice to residents with houses and shops on road reserves.

Ranguma said the county government is planning to expand roads in the estate to improve accessibility.

"We must allow for roads to be built in our slums for easier access. Ambulances, police vehicles and fire engines should be able to access the slums easier to help curb insecurity, reduce cases of emergencies and also help in disaster management," he said.

The governor assured Kisumu slum dwellers of frequent police patrols to boost security.

The governor said his administration has come up with an initiative to develop Nyalenda, Obunga and Manyatta slums by ensuring through street lighting and accessible roads.

Nyalenda B representative James Were urged the residents to support the slum upgrading project.

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