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Kibera residents to make way for new bypass running through slum

The government has ordered Kibera residents living on a road reserve to vacate or be evicted in 12 days.

This is to allow for the construction of a bypass connecting Ngong Road to Lang’ata Road.

Areas to be affected include Kambi Muru, Mashimoni, Lindi and Kisumu Ndogo.

When complete, the road will essentially split the slum, the biggest in Nairobi, into two,

In a statement, the National Building Inspectorate agency told residents that all illegal structures on the road reserve must be removed before July 16, 2018.

DEMOLISHED OR REMOVED

“Upon the expiry of this notice, any structures of property found on the specific corridor will be demolished or removed from the road reserve at the trespassers risk and cost.”

The proposed dual carriageway, also known as missing link 12, was identified in 2014 as one of the roads to be constructed to ease traffic jam in Nairobi.

The bypass will run through the slum for 2.5 km from the DC’s office in the north, to the Kibera South Health centre, into Lang’ata then to Kungu Karumba Road.

The bypass will be 60 metres wide. It will also have 2.5 metres wide bicycle tracks on each side, 2.5 metres wide footpaths and piped drains on the outer side kerbs.