Nairobi News


Tension high in Kayole as Kenya Power seeks to clear power line path

Tension is high in Maana area in Kayole amid fears by residents of possible eviction as Kenya Power seeks to clear constructions erected under power lines.

Tin sheet estates constructed under power lines is a common sight in Nairobi.

The residents claim to have obtained a court injunction that stopped the demolition.

Some of the residents, mostly tenants, have started moving out of their houses for fear of losing their belongings in case of impromptu demolitions.

“We are now in a state of confusion as we do know whether our houses are affected or not. Kenya Power people told us last month they would come to put the boundaries but they have not done so since,” said John Njoroge during a meeting with Nairobi MCAs.

Mary Wainaina, a resident, has called on Kenya Power to make known whether demolitions will happen.

“They said they have halted the demolitions but we do not know until when. Let them come clear to us and tell us beforehand so that we can plan ourselves,” she said.

Kenya Power Security Services Manager Geoffrey Kigen on Thursday said they postponed the demarcation to allow for opening of schools.

“We halted the process because of the (school) holiday and the opening of  schools so that we do not interfere with the residents,” said Mr Kigen.

Nairobi MCAs appealed to President Uhuru Kenyatta to intervene and ensure that the directive by Governor Mike Sonko last week halting demolitions in the capital is adhered to.