Odinga Criticizes Ruto Over Controversial Demolitions

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Opposition leader Raila Odinga has criticized President William Ruto’s administration for what he deems as unlawful evictions in various parts of the country.

Odinga pointed out various locations where evictions have taken place including Kakamega, Mavoko, Thika, Mombasa, and Voi.

He cited the latest evictions in Msambweni, Voi on Saturday where over 3000 residents were subjected to invasions by individuals accompanied by the police, resulting in the demolition of structures on disputed land.

“The Kenya Kwanza administration appears to have adopted forceful evictions and demolitions of settlements as their preferred approach to address land disputes. From Mavoko to Kakamega, Thika, Mombasa, and today in Voi, the government seems to be pursuing a policy of displacing people from their homes, causing immense suffering during dire times,” Amollo stated in his address.

He emphasized that these evictions are ill-timed, considering the significant economic challenges currently faced by the country. Odinga called on the government to halt the demolitions immediately.

The opposition leader also alleged that the government had failed to compensate the residents of Msambweni for the land acquired during the construction of the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR).

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