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Kariobangi demolition victims sue State, want CSs fired

A section of Kariobangi residents left homeless after demolition of their houses by the government have petitioned a Nairobi court to declare that three Cabinet Secretaries are unfit to serve as public officers for disobeying an order halting the evictions. 

The CSs targeted by the move are Fred Matiang’i (Interior), Sicily Kariuki (Water) and Faridah Karoney (Lands), according to a petition filed at the High Court’s Constitution and Human Rights Division by Kariobangi Sewerage Farmers Self Help Group. 

Also on the list are Inspector General of police Hilary Mutyambai and Attorney General Kihara Kariuki. 

Through constitutional lawyer Dr John Khaminwa, the petitioners say the five officials are liable for their forceful eviction from a piece of land that is said to be government property, leaving more than 7,000 residents homeless. 

They want the court to dismiss contracts of service for the five officials for coordinating and overseeing an exercise that subjected the victims to cruel treatment and violated their right to dignity.

The group is also seeking an order declaring that the eviction and flattening of houses by bulldozers on May 4, 2020 was unlawful and against the rule of law. Further, they want an order awarding them punitive damages.

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