No eviction of street families from CBD ahead of Obama visit
13 July 2015, 10:38
Nairobi - Street families will not be evicted from Nairobi’s Central Business District (CBD) ahead of US President Barack Obama’s visit to Kenya for the Global Entrepreneurship Summit.
In a statement, Nairobi County Governor Evans Kidero rubbished reports in a section of media claiming that he was planning to push the street families out of the CBD during President Obama’s visit.
“The Nairobi City County government has partnered with the national government to address the problem of street families comprehensively contrary to newspaper reports that there was a plan to evict them from the CBD,” Kidero said.
He went ahead to state the plans the County government is working on to ensure that the problem of street families is fully addressed in the city.
“The County government has set aside 40 acres of land in Ruai which will be used to construct a rehabilitation center, school and vocational training institution for street children. Currently, an Inter-Ministerial Committee is working on the plan to ensure that there is support, expertise and structures to help the families, especially the children. We must find humane ways to deal with this issue,” the Governor said.
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He said by doing so, the children will be able to access formal learning and those above 16 years of age be trained in vocational skills.
“The County government will also ensure that a fully functional and equipped medical clinic is provided for at the center to ensure those who have health issues are taken care of. Beside the medical team, there will also be psycho-social workers and other experts on hand to support the families and children that may have challenges arising from their tough life on the streets,” the Governor stated.
According to Kidero, the educational institutions will eventually be centers of integration modeled on Starehe Boys Center and School, where a third of the students will be admitted.
“Once the streets are cleared of children, the institutions will still be needed for the vulnerable and poor families, especially those who live in slums in Nairobi,” he said.
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