Embakasi MP Babu Owino has volunteered to mediate between rival parties in the ongoing demolitions of buildings in Nairobi.

The demolition exercise kicked off on Tuesday morning in Nyamavilla estate in Komarock Ward, as hundreds of residents scrambled to salvage belongings.

Embakasi Central MP Benjamin Gathiru was among the first leaders to arrive at the site in an attempt to stop the demolitions. He was arrested as dozens of police officers, including Kayole police boss Joseph Gichangi, put defiant faces, maintaining that they were just enforcing a court order.

Nairobi Woman Rep Esther Passaris has also been to the site where she faulted the demolition exercise that left hundreds of families homeless.

The demolition exercise, sanctioned by Environment and Land Court Deputy Registrar on September 17, is targeting about 600 residential and commercial buildings in coming days.

Embakasi East MP Babu Owino has also voiced his opinion on the demolitions, calling for a peaceful resolution in the spirit of the Christmas season.

According to Babu, he is ready to serve as an impartial mediator.

Read his full statement on the ongoing demolitions below.

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STATEMENT ON ONGOING DEMOLITIONS ACROSS NAIROBI

Wednesday, December 19, 2018.

Our attention has been drawn to the announcement that 600 various residential and commercial buildings are set to be demolished in the coming days.

I am deeply concerned that this exercise will largely affect the greater Embakasi area pointing to a history of bad leadership that allowed the exarcebation of this problem.

That notwithstanding, I would like to make a special appeal to all parties, in the spirit of the Christmas season, to agree to resolve issues at the negotiation table as opposed to inhumane demolitions that leave children spending nights in the cold 2,000 years after the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ who also spent Christmas Day outside in a manger.

Let us not lose sight of the values that make us Kenyans, the values of Harambee which means “coming together.” I urge everybody to embrace dialogue and I offer myself to serve as an impartial mediator.

In closing, I wish to condemn the blatant culture of corruption in government that has created this problem for wananchi. It is heartbreaking to witness the same government that issued permits for construction destroying the same buildings it allowed. It is further disappointing to hear of unscrupulous Lands officials engaged in the illegal duplication and sale of title deeds to property that already has owners.

I would like to invite the DCI and the EACC to move with speed to investigate the criminals behind this without fear or favor. It is clear some of the criminals are in government and they must all be brought to book. The time for joking with the lives of Kenyans has come to an end.

God bless Embakasi East, God bless Kenya!

Comrade Babu Owino,
Committed Christian and Member of Parliament, Embakasi East