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Stop forced evictions during pandemic

By Pauline Vata | September 15th 2020 at 10:05:10 GMT +0300

Ruai resident who was evicted from their homes to pave way for the expansion of the Dandora Sewerage Treatment prepares a meal in the cold, May 2020. [File, Standard]

Since March, we have witnessed forced eviction and demolitions in Nairobi.

These evictions have left thousands homeless, with no alternative resettlement and compensation accorded to the victims. 

This has led to the exposure of these families to the danger of contracting Covid-19 since they can no longer access shelter, sanitation services and protection from the weather elements.

Online learning of students affected by forced evictions has also been affected given the lack of shelter, loss of property including books during the forced evictions and lack of internet access.

Communities in Mukuru Kwa Reuben, Kaloleni, Kibra and Many others are still facing threats of forced eviction from Nairobi Metropolitan Services, even after the commencement of heavy rains which pause a great risk as to the health and safety of the vulnerable communities should they be evicted.

The threats of forced evictions as they have been issued, have not accorded the vulnerable communities the proper notice required under law and have failed to address themselves to the question of eviction and resettlement.

There exists no clear framework for the protection of the economic and social rights that will be affected by the forced evictions and resettlement.

The state should also complete the process of putting in place the Policy Framework for Evictions and Resettlement to ensure that the rights of the persons affected by the forced eviction and demolition are protected in cases where the eviction is inevitable. 

-Pauline Vata, Director, Hakijamii

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