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Nairobi demolitions: Babu Owino takes stand

Movich Ahimo
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Embakasi East MP Babu Owino and Starehe counterpart Charles Njagua Kanyi. [Source/Maina Monde Facebook]

Following the ongoing demolitions in Nairobi, leaders have been seen to take different stances, siding with those they say to be aggrieved in the government process.

Among the leaders who have come out to air their sentiments is Embakasi MP Babu Owino who was stern in his stand. 

Here is his statement dated today Wednesday:

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

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