I last owned a piece of land in Runda in 1952, it was during the same year that the Colonialists declared a state of Emergency and within a blink of an eye, I had lost my piece of land and my home. Ever since, I have remained a squatter in my own country.
Kenya will go down the annals of history as one of the countries in with no proper policy framework that would guide in the provision of low cost housing for its citizens. It is heart wrenching to accept the fact that my grandfather has been a squatter all his life having brought my dad, uncles and aunties in the slums.
It is man-made, and can be overcome by the actions of human beings”
Nelson Mandela, 2005
Kenya has over 39 million people 68% of whom earn below a dollar a day. The unemployment rate is 40%. An estimated 64% our population is below the age of 35 and 50% of these are below the age of 15. (ref- Local Govt, UN, City Council Docs)
Nairobi alone has about 4 million people, 65% of whom (2.65 million) live in deplorable conditions on less than 1% of the land in crowded and unsanitary conditions with the constant threat of demolitions, violent evictions, fires and floods. With a rapid urbanization growth rate of 5%, it is estimated that Nairobi’s population will reach 5 million by 2015 and more than 8 million by 2025 [UN, 2001]. (ref)
The Jubilee Slum Campaign March
By Nyasani Mbaka
The Biblical formulation of the jubilee principle denotes: “and thou shalt number seven sabbaths of years unto thee, seven times seven years; and the space of seven sabbaths of years shall be unto thee nine and forty years. Then shalt thou cause the horn (Vuvuzela) of the jubilee to sound on the tenth day of the seventh month, in the day of atonement shall ye make the horn sound throughout your land. And ye shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout the land unto all its inhabitants; and ye shall return every man unto his possession, and ye shall return every man unto his family” [Leviticus 25, 810]“.Read more: The Jubilee Slum Campaign March