Join with Amnesty International to help end forced evictions in Kenya
In a welcome U-turn, Kenya National Highways Authority (KENHA) has admitted that it was wrong to forcibly evict more than one hundred people from an informal settlement. The Kenya National Highways Authorities (KENHA) promised to compensate all victims of the recent forced eviction in Jomvu, Mombasa and to improve the Mombasa-Mariakani project resettlement plan.
On the night of 17 May 2015 scores of families living in Jomvu, an informal settlement along the A 109 highway in Mombasa, Kenya, awoke to the sound of a bulldozer and the arrival of armed police sent to demolish their homes and businesses. The demolitions were carried out in preparation for the Mombasa-Mariakani highway expansion project.
The admission by the authorities that the demolitions in Jomvu were forced evictions is a significant victory for the community, but it will only be meaningful if KENHA provides swift and effective remedy to those who lost their homes and businesses.
Amnesty International’s efforts
Amnesty Internation welcomes the commitments made by KENHA and the funders they expect full implementation of all their promises and call on KENHA to swiftly deliver on all its pledges. The project’s funders have committed to release funding only after all affected by the forced evictions are compensated and an appropriate resettlement plan is put in place. Join with Amnesty International to make sure they fulfil their pledges.
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How you can help
Let’s end forced evictions in Kenya. Send this letter to KENHA’s Director General, Peter Mundinia, urging KENHA to promptly deliver on its commitments to Jomvu and Bangladesh residents.
“I welcome the positive move taken by KENHA to take responsibility for the forced evictions carried out by the authority in Jomvu, Mombasa, on 17 May 2015. While I acknowledge this important move, I am sending this letter as a reminder to you to keep your promises and urgently provide those forcibly evicted at Jomvu, Mombasa County, with effective remedies. Also I urge KENHA to ensure human rights safeguards against forced evictions are immediately put in place to avoid the risk of more such evictions throughout the Mombasa-Mariakani highway expansion project.”