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Youth clash over Kibera title

Tension is building up in Kibera after rival youth groups engaged each other in Kibera, Olympic area, over the proposed issuance of the area’s title deed to the Nubian community.

Members of the Nubian community had held a demonstration on mid-morning to demand for the issuance of the area’s title deed.

They demonstrated in the Makina area, opposite Toi market, all the way to the Kibera law courts. They blocked traffic flow in the area and lit bonfires on the road.

They later snaked their way into Ngong road and proceeded to Ardhi house where they sought audience with Lands Minister Charity Ngilu to no avail.

Afterwards, they returned to Kibera where they confronted youths who are opposed to issuance of the title deed.

President Kenyatta was over the weekend said to have skipped a rally in Kibera in which he was meant to hand over a communal title that covers about 288 acres of land.

On Sunday, area MP Ken Okoth warned that any move to hand titles to one community and leave out others will trigger conflict.

During Monday’s demonstrations, the Nubian community accused area leaders of sabotaging their quest for a tittle deed.

“It is our constitutional right and we will not rest until we get what is ours. You have seen on the television how leaders are inciting people but we are not intimidated,” said Abdulrahaman Twahir Mohamed one of the youths leading the demonstration.

According to the area chief Nassur Mohamed, Nubian leaders are trying mobilize the youths to shun acts of violence and raise their issues through the right channels.

“We are all residents of Kibera and we want to table all the underlying issues where every member of the community irrespective of ethnicity to raise their issues so that we can reach an amicable solution,” said Nassur as he led a clean-up exercise to rid the roads of barricades.