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Life of a Mukuru Kwa Ruben landlord after riparian land demolitions


Before the heavy rains and the demolition of buildings on riparian land, Kitavu, a structure owner in Mukuru Kwa Ruben slums, enjoyed a steady income. Every month he collected Sh3,000 from each of his four rented structures.

“Life was so good,” Kitavu told Nairobi News. “I had four structures, all rented out, and I was getting Sh3,000 per month per structure.”

But with the ongoing demolitions, Kitavu’s situation has changed drastically. Instead of earning rental income, he now struggles to pay Sh5,000 per month for his own rent.

“Now I have to pay Sh5,000 a month. It is very frustrating. Life has become so difficult,” he lamented.

Asked by Nairobi News if he had received any assistance – the Sh10,000 promised by President William Ruto – Kitavu was disappointed. “We have not received any assistance,” he said.

On May 6, President Ruto promised that households affected by the floods in Nairobi would receive Sh10,000 each.

Dr Ruto said the money was aimed at easing the financial burden and helping families in their recovery process, especially those displaced from their homes.

“We have 40,000 households that were affected during the evacuation for security reasons. Each household will receive Sh10,000 to find alternative accommodation,” he added.

Government spokesman Isaac Mwaura, who spoke to Nairobi News, said the government had sent Sh10,000 to 9,972 households between May 17 and 18.

“The process is ongoing and so far a total of 9,972 households have received the money. We are targeting 40,000 households and so far we have verified 26,000 households,” Mr Mwaura told the Nation in a telephone conversation.

He also noted that the payments are being made through M-Pesa.

“The process is ongoing and the verification is also ongoing to ensure that we have all the details of the affected people,” he added.

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