Kibagare is an informal settlement in Westlands, Nairobi County. A few weeks ago, residents of the informal settlement held peaceful demonstrations against verbal notice of evictions. The alleged evictions put the community against the Nairobi School whom they accused of wanting to expand its territories thus evicting them from the settlement.
The Star Newspaper reports that after the demonstrations, Westland’s MP, Timothy Wanyonyi together with Nairobi Senator, Mike Sonko asked the National Land Commission (NLC) to issue title deeds to residents of Kibagare as they have lived there for more than thirty years. (http://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2016/08/05/give-residents-of-kibagare-slums-title-deeds-nlc-told_c1398065 )
During the protests, one of the residents had this to say:
“We have lived here for many years and now we are being told to move out. Most of us were born and raised here. Our parents called this home and we do not know another place as home. If we leave here, where do they want us to go? We would like the government to know we will not stop fighting for our land as we have nowhere else to call home.”
The absence of evictions and resettlement procedures legislation continues to place the precarious settlements in the brink of forced evictions. This leaves communities ta the mercy of land grabbers who influence institutions minus following the due processes.
Watch clips of residents speaking out against the alleged evictions here: