Kenya: Amnesty International Condemns Demolitions at Kibera

Police officers supervise the demolition of illegal structures in Kibera, Nairobi on July 23, 2018.

Nairobi — Amnesty International has condemned the demolition of homes and businesses in Kibera along the missing link between Ngong Road and Lang'ata Road.

In a statement, Executive Director Irungu Houghton stated that the exercise being conducted by the Kenya Urban Roads Authority is in breach of an earlier agreed Rapid Resettlement Action Plan.

He said that under the agreement, the process of enumerating the thousands of inhabitants residing and working in four Kibera villages namely; Mashimoni, Lindi, Kambi Muru and Kisumu Ndogo, began last week.

"The demolitions and forced evictions betray the agreement reached by the Kenya Urban Roads Authority, the Kenya National Human Rights Commission and the National Lands Commission to undertake a rapid Resettlement Action Plan (RAP)," he said.

He explained that this process is consistent with the legal provisions contained in the Internally Displaced Persons Act 2012 and Guidelines on Evictions for public consultations for a Resettlement Action Plan to be in place prior to an eviction.

He stated that the process is consistent with the legal provisions contained in the Internally Displaced Persons Act 2012 and Guidelines on Evictions for public consultations for a Resettlement Action Plan to be in place prior to an eviction.

"The goal of adequate and dignified housing cannot be met by stripping the 30,000 inhabitants of the only housing, shops, clinics and schools they have. Demolition prior to the completion of the Resettlement Action Plan betrays the public trust and violates our laws. These forced must be halted."

He further explained that the ongoing demolitions in Kibra will render over 30,000 people homeless and that this is in violation of Kenya's national and international human rights obligations.

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