Why Huruma residents won't move out of deadly houses
04 May 2016, 20:13
Nairobi - The reality is that no one will move out of their flat because another collapsed. Huruma residents can tell you why.
Speaking to a number of residents in the area, the cheap cost of housing in the area means that they get somewhere decent to live in as compared to other areas of the city.
A number told News24 that despite the threat of imminent death, they are going nowhere because they have nowhere else to move to.
" I work in industrial area. I walk to work and I get to live in a decent house which is not in a slum for 2,500 shillings a month. Where else do I go to?," Isaac Mulimu who lives less than 50 metres from the collapsed building in the area says.
He says that for similar rent, he would either have to move very far from work which will cost fare or move into a slum which is not his plan.
" I am not taking my family to the slums. I'l stay here," he adds.
Melvin Kiarie who moved to Nairobi three years ago to seek work and is a handcart puller selling water in the area says that he finds the place secure and cheap.
" The houses are priced well. And this area is secure," he says, insisting that he is not moving out.
The comments come after President Uhuru Kenyatta ordered residents to move out of the area and the buildings they live in demolished.
So far 28 people have been confirmed dead in the Friday collapse of the building in Huruma.
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