Thousands of residents from Deep Sea slums in Westlands, Nairobi, yesterday were forced to spend their nights in the cold after their houses were demolished to give room for the construction of a new road.
The locals couldn't do anything only to watch helplessly as the caterpillars demolish their structures.
According to a notice from the government, the demolitions, which the residents argued would affect atleast 25,000 people, will give room for the building of 6th Parklands Avenue Road.
It is argued that affected locals had been living along the road for sometime delaying the construction of the road for almost one year.
Nairobi regional commissioner James Kianda who commented on the matter said the affected locals have been compensated 5,000 each.
Kianda, also said locals staying outside the 40-metre road would not be affected by the ongoing demolitions.
“We held a series of talks with the residents. Atleast 734 people who lived by the road corridor vowed to live willingfully after they were compensated,” said Kianda.
Kianda urged the residents not to protests adding that all structures in the Deep Sea slums together with other roads in Nairobi’s informal settlements would be demolished to pave way for the upgrade of roads.
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