Hundreds of residents from Mumoni sub-county in Mwingi North have been left homeless after the expiry of the eviction notice. Their houses were demolished on Friday after the eviction order was issued. The execution order to begin the eviction was granted to Tana Athi Rivers Development Authority managing director Emilio Mugo.
The eviction is being conducted when the country is in the middle of a pandemic leaving people jobless. The locals are mostly older people and children. What is more saddening is that they have been left homeless, with no place to seek shelter during a rainy season.
The execution order dated September 3, 2020, granted TARDA managing director, directed the regional police commander Eastern region to provide security during the eviction. However, residents seemed dazed despite being issued with the notice.
The exercise was done by police officers who demolished homes and market centers. Residents managed to save their personal household items, and others preferred removing both iron sheets and timber. The exercise was said to take three days.
Other buildings set on that land to be demolished within three days are churches and schools. Kithumuoni Primary School headteacher complained that the notice was terse and that many pupils will be inconvenienced once schools are re-opened. Schools sitting on TARDA land affected are Kithumuoni Primary School, Katithini Primary School, and Kiruri Primary school.
Residents are pleading with the government to be given more time as there are very many affected locals who are vulnerable and that the government should consider the harsh conditions brought by Covid-19.”Sammy Mutua, a resident, said,” Some of them were given sh300 in exchange for an acre of their shambas. What can that amount of money buy?”The area pastor Peter Mutui said that the eviction move is set to benefit a few individuals at the expense of the common citizen.
Area residents are requesting the government to protect them as they are bound to suffer following the eviction.