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Here’s a Nairobian’s break down of city’s filthy estates

A Nairobian has broken down the state of the city estates roping in the new county bill that will allow construction in suburbs and the likely consequence.

One Twitter user by the name Eric share on on the platform how dilapidated the roads in Eastlands are and how open sewers expose children to health risks.

His illustrations, fully accompanied with photos, questioned why Kenyans elect leaders who do not value them and do not even enforce the constitution that states that every citizen is entitled to the highest attainable standards of health, education, housing, adequate water and food.

Eric’s thread went viral as Nairobians weighed on the state of city estates with most having poor roads and drainage systems, lack security and have poorly constructed houses.

Eric went on to quote the report that Nairobi MCAs had passed a law that would allow construction of flats in the suburbs.

“MCA Karanja and his ilk are individuals from a section of our society led by Uhuru and Murathe who believe that owning a property is important than the lives of the person to reside in that property because the person residing in that property ‘has no stake in the economy’ and because that person has no stake in the economy, he/she can live in any environment because he is desperate,” he wrote.

He added that instead of subjecting suburbs to high population that will lead to busting sewer lines, the government should provide all its citizens with habitable environment.


“MCA Karanja should sponsor bills that will force the Government improve the roads, sewerage, construction of houses in Eastlands because what we have today in Eastlands is total filth. Also I want to add that most of these shoddy residential flats are owned by Senior Govt officials including Iteere who owns 30 flats. They will never want these estates to be spruced up because sprucing up means attracting a higher calibre of Kenyans who want results,” he wrote.

Eric went on to highlight the pathetic living standards that residents are subjected to.

“In fact Landlords of these houses don’t care if their tenants have clean running water or enough toilet facilities. They would love Karen and Lavington to remain high end and Pipeline to remain filthy because 60% of Kenyans live below the poverty line.”

“There is no clean running water in these houses. Residents buy water (ksh 20 – 30 per 20L jerrycan) then if you are weak or tired, pay an extra Ksh 20 for potters to lift the can to your house. ?Then see how the houses have been constructed? They are built on road reserves, drainage channels and sewer lines. In fact Pipeline was not meant to be a residential space because it is a public space for Kenya Pipeline,” he wrote.