Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko on Monday donated foodstuff to Kariobangi residents whose houses have been demolished by the government.
Free medical services were also offered to those who needed urgent healthcare.
More than 5,000 people living in Kariobangi slums were on May 4 left homeless after the government demolished their houses to reclaim government land.
This was in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic and measures to curb its spread such as the curfew, Nairobi lockdown and stay at home directive.
“Following the story that highlighted the plight of the families that were rendered homeless after the Kariobangi demolitions, my team has today provided the families with foodstuff and number of items to enable them meet their basic needs,” Sonko said.
Some of the items donated to the residents included mattresses, blankets, kerosene stoves and charcoal jikos for each family. They also received kitchen utensils.
“We are also offering a free medical clinic to them as we celebrate Sonko Rescue Teams’s 10th anniversary since its inception. My team is also making arrangements for mobile toilets for the families to ease their current suffering,” he said.
The Kariobangi demolitions happened despite court orders barring the activity from happening. The demolitions were carried out by the Nairobi City Water and Sewerage Company as early as 6am.
The demolitions happened when Kenyans were most vulnerable. The pandemic has made many people lose jobs and clients. There is also a partial lockdown in Nairobi that prevents people from travelling to other areas to seek employment or food from relatives in other counties.