Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua has advised security officers against assisting house demolitions like as those that occurred over the weekend in Athi River and Ol Kalou.
Gachagua stated on Sunday in Nyandarua county that illegal occupiers must be provided alternative areas for settlement before being expelled.
“President Ruto and I promised that the Kenya Kwanza Administration would be a government of ordinary Kenyans and hustlers.”
“We pledged that people accused of being illegal occupants would not be evicted without being shown alternative settlement sites.”
“Any police formation that wishes to work in another county must report to the local station for briefing.”
“That is the standard operating procedure for the National Police Service,” Gachagua was quoted as saying.
Gachagua’s remark appears to be at odds with that of his boss, President William Ruto, who is alleged to have sanctioned the demolition of houses in Athi River over the weekend after the High Court ruled that the land belongs to East Africa Portland Cement.