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Govt to honour deal with Nubians-PM
Posted on Sunday, September 13, 2009 @ 11:53:03 CDT by kwpnews

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NAIROBI (PMPS) - Residents of Kibera slums in Nairobi have been urged to support the relocation exercise scheduled to kick off on Wednesday.



At the same time the government is assuring the Nubi community living in the slums that the government respects the agreement it entered with them that a section of land be set aside for them and a communal title deed be issued to them.

Prime Minister Raila Odinga said Sunday that the relocation of residents of Soweto East from the informal settlements to permanent houses would go on as scheduled.

He at the same time said the exercise would be transparent.

Odinga said phasing out of the informal settlements in Kibera was part of the government's commitment to meeting the Millennium Development Goals and was being done in the interest of the residents.

He said it was unfortunate that Kibera residents were still living in inhumane conditions 40 years after independence adding that the government was determined to improve their living conditions.

Odinga said the government recognises that Nubians who settled in the sprawling slum after the two World Wars have nowhere else to call home and thus deserve to be allocated land there.

"This slum was used to settle veterans of the two wars that ended many decades ago, particularly members of the Nubi community. Over the years, it has grown to be cosmopolitan with many Kenyan communities found here. But it also remains the biggest slum in Africa South of the Sahara. It is not a reputation we can be proud of," the PM said.

He said the completion of the first phase of permanent houses in Soweto East marks the realisation of a long held dream to provide the people of the slum with decent housing.

"When I entered politics in 1992, I made a deliberate decision to run in Langata because I strongly felt I could make a change in Kibera.... That is why I take very seriously the exercise of relocating residents from the informal settlements to new houses," Odinga said

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The PM said he moved a motion in his first term in parliament seeking a permanent solution to the perennial land disputes in the slum besides discussing the matter with various past lands ministers without success.

"All those days we were in the opposition and nobody implemented our agenda. When Narc took over in 2003, we put Kibera back on the agenda. Under the Grand Coalition government, president Kibaki formally launched the upgrading".

"It is part of a program we had in our days in the opposition and residents should appreciate that we are implementing it now that we have a chance," he said.

Mr Odinga said all informal settlements in the slum will be phased out and decent housing put up for residents.

"We are preparing the ground for a modern, low income residential estate with modern schools, markets, playgrounds and other facilities. We will create space by clearing informal settlements from which people have been relocated".

 

 


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