Night Demolitions Leave Mombasa County Traders Crying Foul

Residents pictured in Kariobangi North, Nairobi after evictions took place on May 4. 2020
Residents pictured in Kariobangi North, Nairobi after evictions took place on May 4. 2020
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A section of traders in Mombasa County were on Saturday, June 6, left without businesses after their stalls were demolished overnight.

The traders who operate from the Jomo Kenyatta Public beach pronounced that they were already struggling due to the impact of Covid-19 on Tourism adding that the demolitions would only worsen their situation.

"I have a child who is looking up to me for food and on top of that, I am a student at the Technical University of Mombasa. Where will I get the money to feed my child and the money for my school fees? Why would they do such an act?" one of the businessmen, Otiende Rutho, asked.

An image of demolitions at Kariobangi
An excavator carrying out demolitions at Kariobangi Sewage Estate in Nairobi on Monday, May 3.

Further, he complained that he had not paid rent for the past three months and was depending on his stall to cater for his basic needs.

Other businessmen stated that they had not been issued with a notice, asking them to vacate the area.

"I have nothing really. I do not have any business and the lockdown has weighed me down. I do not know where to start," another business owner stated.

The traders complained that they did not deserve the actions leveled against them.

They added that they were not aware of who was behind the demolitions.

Attempts by to contact the Mombasa County Government did not bear fruit as our calls went unanswered.

The evictions came almost a month after the government moved to demolish houses in Kariobangi Sewage Estate.

The exercise, which left over 8,000 homeless, was overseen by the Ministry of Land and Water in a move to reclaim the land parcel that had been reserved for sewerage facilities.

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