Ruto reveals gov’t spent KSh300 M to resettle evictees from riparian zones

Ruto reveals gov’t spent KSh300 M to resettle evictees from riparian zones

President William Ruto mentioned that following the recent floods, around 27,000 individuals living in riparian areas have been moved to alternative shelters.

Ruto was speaking today (Thursday, May 30) at the National Prayer Breakfast meeting. He disclosed that the government has used over KSh300 million to offer new housing to those who were moved.

“We have had to relocate 27,000 people from riparian reserves. We have spent close to KSh300 million to make sure that people who have been relocated have alternative places to stay. We still have another 30,000 that we are processing so as to relocate them,” the first in command explained.

He noted that the relocation process was necessary. The demolitions have however caused deaths and injuries leading to public outrage.

National Treasury estimates that Kenya will require KSh2 billion to reconstruct and maintain critical infrastructure damaged by the heavy rains.

According to Treasury PS Chris Kiptoo, an additional KSh1.8 billion will be set aside in the upcoming budget to repair school infrastructure.

He mentioned this while appearing before National Assembly’s Budget and Appropriations Committee on Tuesday, May 28.

Government Spokesperson Isaac Mwaura reported on May 16 that the flash floods had resulted in the loss of 291 lives nationwide.

Mwaura further said that 55,631 families had been forced to move impacting around 278,155 individuals in Kenya.

During his visit to Mathare on May 6, President Ruto assured Kenyans that the government has set aside KSh1 billion for renovation of schools’ infrastructures damaged by the heavy floods.

“Our students who are still in school, their schools have been destroyed, I want to assure you that the government has set aside KSh1 billion, so that we may reconstruct the schools and ensure that every child in Nairobi, and other parts of the country and other parts o the country goes back to school when we give a directive to reopen,” he stated.

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