Mukuru kwa Njenga Residents

Despite current flooding, tens of thousands of Mukuru kwa Njenga residents are in risk of mass evictions in violation of High Court Order

Nairobi, 30 April 2024: Amnesty International Kenya is deeply concerned that the current massive deployment of police officers at the Villa Police Station, Embakasi, may be connected to another round of mass evictions of Mukuru kwa Njenga residents.

Over the last two months, police officers have repeatedly profiled and arrested several community leaders on several charges. Most of these leaders were active in protecting their community since the 2021 mass evictions that rendered over 40,000 homeless and without schools, health centers, or livelihood opportunities.

Recently, and without public consultation or participation with the community, accompanied by police officers, persons have begun to survey land currently occupied by 40,000 displaced residents of Mukuru Kwa Njenga. The action violates a court order that seeks to establish the ownership of the controversial land on 24 January 2022.

Community fears are at an all-time high. The possibility of violence is very high. The current tensions must be de-escalated to avoid further loss of life. That this would be even contemplated as the nation grappling with heavy flooding and one of the worst climate emergencies in Kenyan history is callous and cruel.

We call on the leadership of the National Police Service, County Government of Nairobi, Ministry of Interior and Administration of National Government, and the Office of The Presidency to act, initiate dialogue with the community, and avert a looming crisis.

Irungu Houghton

Amnesty International Kenya Executive Director

For more information: Amnesty International Kenya Mathias Kinyoda 0786725434