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Kenya Railways demolish businesses in preparation to unveil new route

Kenya Railways Corporation (KRC) has carried on with demolitions of multi-million businesses ahead of new route launch.

Videos that have been doing rounds on social media on Tuesday, February 16 showed bulldozers bringing down structures in Ol Kalou town in Nyandarua County with area residents watching helplessly.

Some of the buildings that were demolished include a four-storey building which KRC alleged was built on its land.

It was estimated that more than 3000 people were left stranded after the demolitions.

“There will be a railway but no good road to transport goods to the train station. You should ake the roads first,” one of the victims decried.

The victims noted that the leaders they thought would intervene had since gone into hiding when they are suffering and even dying.

“We see our leaders have gone into hiding when their people are suffering and others to a point of death. We have not seen them here standing with us,” they lamented.

The demolitions exercise is part of the renovation of the Railway line connecting Nakuru to Nyahururu set to be unveiled by the Corporation after completion of the rehabilitation exercise.

400 youth from Nyandarua County are currently involved in the execise.

The Central Region Economic Bloc (CeREB) has stated that transport and connectivity are key in placing the bloc as a key player in national and also regional socio-economic map.

The Nyandarua demolitions come days after residents in Naivasha, and Nakuru suffered the same fate and institutions like schools were also not spared the purge.

On February 12 2021, students at Blescohouse Premier School were left stranded after the railway corporations demolished the school.

A teacher from the school told members of the press that they received a notice from Kenya Railways Corporation on Thursday afternoon  February 11, where they were informed that its perimeter wall was on a government land.

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