Thousands of residents were left homeless and stranded after in Kariobangi Sewage Estate after the government ordered the demolition of the settlement.
The area residents woke up to demolitions of their houses by an excavator, which was under the tight guard of armed police officers.
The Ministries of Land and Water oversaw the demolitions, a move the ministries said was to reclaim land parcel that had been reserved for sewerage purposes.
The lawyer representing the residents, Senior Counsel John Khaminwa, addressing the press, said that despite obtaining a court order to stop the exercise, the order was not obeyed.
“I’m representing the Kariobangi Sewage Farmers self-help group which owns the land in question,” Khaminwa said.
According to Khaminwa, the self-help group which contains 376 members occupied the land in question in the year 1996, which to date has a total population of about 8, 700 people staying there.
The lawyer said the residents approached him yesterday, after which he wrote several letters to the officials in the government asking them not to evict them.
Khaminwa added that they later went to court and obtained the order, which halted demolitions and eviction of the locals.
The Kariobangi Sewerage Treatment Plant wanted to occupy 74.6 acres claimed to be at risk, with 33.7 acres of the land already encroached.
One of the residents produced documents of the piece of land in question, which like the other residents, said she had legally acquired by purchase.
The woman further gave the plot number as LR8285/1/1, adding that they were provided documents for the land in 1996.
Residents also claimed that they have the title deeds and lease of the land as they pay land rates to the County Government of Nairobi.
The frustrated residents said they were scared and stranded with nowhere to go with their children, especially with the current Covid-19 pandemic, which requires people to stay at home and not walk around.