Public Investments Committee Chairperson Abdulswamad Sharif Nassir has demanded for a fully report on the increased demolitions of houses and other infrastructure in the country.
Nassir while presenting his demands in the National Assembly on Thursday raised red flag in the manner in which residential, commercials and houses of worship are being brought down in the country.
The Mvita MP termed the demolition as inhuman asking the Speaker of the National Assembly to request relevant authorities and parliament committees on National security to come out clear on the matter.
Nassir said he is not only concerned by the recent Kibos mosque and residential houses demolition in Kisumu County but how demolitions are recklessly conducted countrywide.
“Mr. Speaker, it’s not about who owns the land but the people who live in that particular parcel land, their rights must be fully respected,” he told parliament.
He said the inhuman actions are being witnessed in Mombasa and other parts of the Coast region too.
“I want to know if the concerned Ministries are aware that there are demolitions going on and in inhuman way in the country, are there any eviction notices, are there planned resettlements and if there are any compensation,” reiterated Mr. Nassir.
He termed it as gross human rights violation for government agencies to issue a three hour notice and demolish residential, commercial and house of worship at night.
He also asked for measures to be put in place to ensure there is no pain caused by the government to its own citizens.
Nassir’s demands come after over 3,000 families in Kibos Kisumu County were left homeless after a bulldozer reigned on their homes barely a week ago.
[The demolished Kibos mosque. Photo/courtesy].
During the demolition, Jamia mosque in Kibos, Kisumu was not spared too after it was also brought down.
The demolitions raised heated debate among the Muslim fraternity across the country with Muslim clerics demanding reconstruction of the mosque and at the same place.
The Kenya Railway Corporation claimed ownership of the parcel of land in question in Kibos despite locals saying the mosque was constructed back in 1938.