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Kisumu residents protest Kenya Railway land evictions

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Kisumu residents have gone to the streets to protest over the manner in which some of them were evicted from a land belonging to Kenya Railways.

Reports indicate that the residents lit bonfires barricading the busy Kisumu -Busia Road on Monday, with the locals claiming that the structures demolished were six meters from the line.

According to the locals, the move by Kenya Railways Corporations is an economic sabotage and they are now mulling going to court to be compensated.

Interestingly, a recently constructed market launched by Governor Anyang Nyong’o was also not spared as the  perimeter wall and storehouse for building materials demolished.

Last week the demolitions started in Kibos area in the County at night which caught the residents unawares.

Bulldozers descended on the houses with the heavy police presence in the Kibos area.

The families were left homeless and forced to sleep in the cold.

“I have lost everything; we have no money or food. This was inhumane, the government should have allowed us time to remove our belongings,” a resident recounted.

Bungoma County has also been affected as two days prior to Kisumu demolitions, the residents were left counting losses after Kenya Railways demolished a mall, hospital, popular hotel, and other businesses.

Kisumu Governor Anyang Nyong’o strongly condemned the actions of Kenya Railways as it is reported that a child died after being trapped under the debris during the demolitions.

“We strongly condemned the manner in which the demolition was conducted. It has subjected our

Nyong’o has now formed a 20-member committee to plan the resettlement of 3000 displaced families by the Kenya Railways demolitions on Kibos Area.

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