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No Country for the Poor: The Reality of the Kibra Demolitions

Despite having agreed with human rights bodies, the National Land Commission and area residents to resettle the latter, the Kenya Urban Roads Authority (KURA) went ahead with its planned demolition of structures occupying land meant for a road in Kibra without offering the residents alternative shelter or compensation leaving tens of thousands of residents, including children, with no homes or schools. As a result, the question on the lips of many is whether the government which has moved with speed to clear the land for the construction of the Ngong Road-Kibera-Kungu Karumba-Langata link road is selective when it comes to such matters since structures owned by the rich have often been left untouched even when they are clearly sitting on gazetted road reserves. In most instances, such owners receive large sums in compensation fees.

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