Traders count loses in Desai Road demolitions

Written By: Kamche Menza

About 500 traders along Desai Road in Ngara area of Nairobi County are counting losses after their kiosks were demolished Thursday morning.

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The traders who have been occupying the Kenya Railways land for long say they were caught unawares as a bulldozer pulled down their shops early Thursday. 

The traders however claim they were not given enough time to vacate the land leaving most of them helpless.

The traders who eke a living from Desai Road watched helplessly as bulldozers tore through their stalls one after the other, tumbling them down.

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Tom Otieno one of the traders is in pain, he says he has been occupying the land for the last 18 years and has been remitting his payment to the Kenya Railways Corporation.

He says his efforts to reveal his documents to the officers overseeing the demolition did not bear fruits, his workshop was nonetheless brought down.

The land hosted various businesses such as hardware, salons, eateries, workshops among others, the traders estimating the loss to millions of shillings.


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