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Kenya: Amnesty Urges President Kenyatta to Issue Executive Order Stopping Evictions During COVID-19

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Nairobi — Amnesty International Kenya has called on President Uhuru Kenyatta to issue an Executive Order stopping all evictions aimed at reclaiming public land until the country contains coronavirus pandemic that has so far killed 26 people and infected 582.

Speaking during a virtual meeting, the organization’s Director Irungu Houghton said it is inhumane and unfair for the government to render people homeless at a time the country is dealing with a global pandemic and floods.

The organisation is concerned over the recent evictions in Kariobango where more than 5000 people were displaced.

“Due notice must be given to people being evicted but it should not happen under this climate when we have floods all over, it must not happen in the presence of a court order that is protecting people that have lived on this property for many years regardless of the dispute over it,” he said, “Last concern really has been around coronavirus. That the evictions took place during this time is quite unforgivable.”

Sam Olando from Pamoja Trust urged the president to direct the Ministries which were involved in the eviction of over 5000 people in Kariobangi on Monday to institute corrective measures on how they will be resettled.

“Call upon the Ministry of Housing to make legislative measures to subsist throughout the pandemic to ensure that there shall be no recurrence of such demolitions and forced evictions for as long as the pandemic shall subsist and thereafter, the Government of Kenya to take full responsibility for the injustices that these families have suffered and to make reparatory measures to ensure that they are compensated and protected from recurrent breach of their rights,” Olando said.