NMS Boss Badi Announces Mass Demolitions in Nairobi Estate

  • NMS Director-General Mohammed Badi speaking in Mombasa on January 29, 2021.
    NMS Director-General Mohammed Badi speaking in Mombasa on January 29, 2021.
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  • Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) leader Mohammed Badi has announced plans to demolish houses in a Nairobi Estate.

    A report by Business Daily on Monday, February 8, indicated plans to demolish houses in Kibra were at an advanced stage to pave way for the construction of a 28km road.

    The NMS boss gave the individuals whose structures stood on a road reserve to bring them down promising to make good the demolition promise once the notice expires. 

    “I am calling upon the owners of the houses to demolish their structures themselves because no one will be spared. We will not be biased... whether the house is built using stones, mud or iron sheets.

    An aerial view of Kibra slum in Nairobi, Kenya.
    An aerial view of Kibra slum in Nairobi, Kenya.
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    "I, therefore, plead with the owners to cooperate and move with speed and demolish the houses,” stated Badi.

    The road project is expected to link Kibra to Lang’ata, Southern Bypass and neighbouring roads and is part of a Ksh5.8 billion project being undertaken in Nairobi county.

    "This project in Kibera will also involve three other major developments including installation of water pipes, water sewer lines and electricity. We will kick it off here in Sarang'ombe before going to other wards.

    "One year from now, all access roads within the informal settlements will be tarmacked and I call upon residents to cooperate with the contractors," added Badi.

    Works of the project have already begun and the infrastructure Nairobi project, which is set to rehabilitate 444km of roads, is expected to be completed in one year.

    Areas that are set to benefit from the project include Kawangware, Riruta, parts of Dagoretti North, Mathare, Kangemi and Mukuru.

    Others are Kibera, parts of Githurai 44 and 45, Mwiki and Zimmermann.

    Sarang'ombe MCA Lawrence Odhiambo welcomed the initiative noting that it will open up the slums especially during times of emergency.

    Previously, the NMS boss has faced backlash after unveiling plans to demolish houses in estates to pave way for the construction of affordable houses.

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    A bulldozer demolishes houses in Kisumu County
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