Members of Parliament criticised Transport Minister Amos Kimunya after he declared that the Government will not compensate residents of Kyangâombe and Maasai slums in Nairobi who were evicted.
Enraged MPs accused Kimunya of being arrogant and serving a Government that is anti-poor and which also dispenses selective justice.
He accused politicians of inciting slum residents to occupy private property and resist eviction and alleged that "profiteers" had misled the "poor in the guise of housing them" on Government property.
Imenti Central MP Gitobu Imanyara declared that the "arrogance exhibited by the minister" depicted Kimunya as anti-poor and the Kibaki administration as against the rule of law.
Imanyara accused the Government of applying "selective" justice against the poor but Kimunya retorted that eviction of illegal settlers from Government properties "will continue into the future".
But Gichugu MP Martha Karua claimed the security reasons given for evicting the settlers were suspect because she had received reports "Chinese" had occupied houses vacated by evicted residents. Kimunya declared settlers will not be compensated or resettled to discourage future encroachment. Water Assistant Minister Ferdinand Waititu said the flight path affected "only 10 per cent" of the homesteads destroyed.