23 July 2018

Kenya: Agencies Demolish Kibera Structures on Link Road Path

Photo: Brian Okinda/Daily Nation
Police officers supervise the demolition of illegal structures in Kibera, Nairobi on July 23, 2018.

Pupils from two primary schools are among at least 30,000 Kibera residents affected by ongoing demolition of illegal structures on the path of a proposed Sh2bn link road.

The proposed link road will connect Ngong Road to Langata Road in bid to ease traffic congestion in the city.

The demolition exercise had been extended by a week to allow residents affected by the road construction to vacate.

Officials from the Kenya Urban Roads Authority and National Building Inspectorate were on the ground as early as 5am to supervise the demolition.

But the residents have been peaceful since they had anticipated the demolitions following a series of meetings held beforehand.

Mr Ben Ooko, the founder of an initiative in the slum, Amani Kibera, said the meetings they held with the affected residents helped cool tensions.

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