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Reprieve for Sinai fire victims as Ruto comes to their aid

17 February 2016, 11:40 Arap Yego

Nairobi - The Government has come out to support over 200 residents of a Nairobi slum who were recently rendered homeless after a fierce fire gutted down their houses.

Deputy President William Ruto Tuesday visited Paradise Village in Sinai slum where the fire incident occurred 10 days ago, and offered humanitarian assistance to the victims.

Ruto, who was accompanied by Devolution Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri and MPs Kanini Kega (Kieni) and Mpuri Apuri (Tigania East), handed over several bags of foodstuffs including rice, beans and cooking oil to the affected residents.

Apart from foodstuffs, the donations which were given by the ministry of devolution to the 291 victims of the inferno also included several pieces of iron sheets, which they will use to reconstruct their old houses.

The management of Kenpoly Industries that borders the village on one side, where majority of the residents eke out a living doing menial jobs,  donated basins and other plastic utensils to the victims.

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Speaking before he handed over the donations, Ruto said the government through the Ministry of Devolution will ensure that a community school that was razed down is reconstructed.

"I am told over 400 children who studied at High Cue Academy within this slum have nowhere to go after the institution was burnt down. I will ensure that the school is reconstructed within one week. The children need to be in school," he said.

"We will also organize for each of the victims to receive blankets and mattresses within the same period," added Ruto.

The DP promised that the government will address the challenges facing slum dwellers including lack of housing and water.

"The government and other bodies are willing to help young people and women in informal areas. This can be achieved much faster if you belong to organized groups," he said, and appealed to youths to avoid vices such as alcoholism and drug abuse.

Kiunjuri on his part said his ministry will soon relaunch the National Youth Service slum upgrading projects that were started by his predecessor Anne Waiguru, which he noted offered a source of livelihood to many of the residents.

"We shall start the projects soon in Mukuru and other areas in the country. We shall also address the issue of roads and lack of water in these areas," said the CS.

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