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14 December 2017 15:01 (South Africa)

Nairobi slum dwellers set to fight govt over land

  • Branko Brkic
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    Branko Brkic

    Brkic is the founder and editor of The Daily Maverick.

    He has edited magazines on business and politics, technology, and wildlife. He has also published fiction and non-fiction books, most of them in Serbian. Though he has never pretended to be a reporter, his wide knowledge of politics (especially in America), combined with his experiences in a disintegrating Yugoslavia, gives him an unusual outlook on events in South Africa.

    Despite the vowel-poor surname, he tells anyone who asks that he hails from Hyde Park, Johannesburg, having spent most of his adult life in South Africa.

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It’s expected to take at least five years, but Kenya has begun to move residents out of Africa's largest slum in Nairobi, which is home to about one million people. They intend to kick off the UN-backed process by rehousing folk in 300 newly built apartments close by, for which they will pay $10 a month in rent. Even that’s a lot for people who likely live on a few dollars a day, and trouble is already brewing among residents and landlords who claim they own the land where modern, low income residences, schools, markets and playgrounds will be built.  

Many slum dwellers are elated, saying that previously the only toilets they had access to were plastic bags that were thrown out of windows. But others in Kibera say the land is theirs and government has no right to demolish their shacks. The BBC says a large number of Kibera residents rent their homes from middle-class Kenyans, who built temporary structures on government land over the last 30 years.

Looks like the land rights issue will become some fight.

  • Branko Brkic
    branko3048 a ray
    Branko Brkic

    Brkic is the founder and editor of The Daily Maverick.

    He has edited magazines on business and politics, technology, and wildlife. He has also published fiction and non-fiction books, most of them in Serbian. Though he has never pretended to be a reporter, his wide knowledge of politics (especially in America), combined with his experiences in a disintegrating Yugoslavia, gives him an unusual outlook on events in South Africa.

    Despite the vowel-poor surname, he tells anyone who asks that he hails from Hyde Park, Johannesburg, having spent most of his adult life in South Africa.

    Recent columns:

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