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      Monday, June 19, 2000=20
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      Slum dwellers' fate in balance
      By MWAKERA MWAJEFA=20
      The fate of some 2,500 people evicted from a Mombasa slum on =
Saturday was unclear yesterday.=20

      A church service was in progress but no signs of slum dwellers.=20

      The area MP Ramadhan Kajembe condemned the demolition and appealed =
to President Moi to intervene and give the slum dwellers another plot.=20

      He said he would accommodate women and children at Tudor Social =
Hall and men in various mosques and churches until they were allocated =
an alternative site.=20

      The legislator appealed to well-wishers to assist those affected =
by donating food, temporary shelter and clothes.=20

      At the demolished Kaa Chonjo Muoroto slum, four guards from Migben =
Security Services kept guard over the vacated site.=20

      Asked under whose instructions were they working, a spokesman who =
declined to give his name said they had been contracted by a Mr Kangwana =
to ensure nobody rebuilds.=20

      "We are under strict instruction to ensure nobody puts up a =
structure of any kind on this site!" he said.=20

      The Tudor Valley Self-help Group chairman, Mr Ancent Mwololo, said =
that most of those evicted from the slum had sought refuge in a nearby =
church.=20

      He said that the group would be meeting to map out a course of =
action "because most of these people are our members."=20

      The chairman said that the slum dwellers had occupied the area in =
1995 after consulting Changamwe MP Ramadhan Kajembe and meeting the =
Mombasa Mayor and his Town Clerk.=20

      At the same time, police in Mombasa said that nobody was arrested =
or hurt during the demolition of Muoroto slum in Tudor area.=20

      Speaking on telephone, the police chief, Mr Nicodemus Diffu, said =
his officers were civil in the early morning raid.=20

      On Saturday an estimated 2,500 people were left homeless after =
Mombasa Municipal Council demolished slum houses.=20

      The early morning raid saw 430 mud walled structures flattened by =
a bulldozer under tight security from regular and administration that =
caught slum dwellers unawares.=20

      A resident, Mr Francis Mulei complained that he had nowhere to go =
or somewhere to sleep with his family of six children and his mother.=20

      The former Changamwe MP, Mr Kennedy Kiliku, told the Makupa Police =
Station OCS, Mr Patrick Waboma Wambani, that he was distressed over the =
demolition.=20

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      <H2>Slum dwellers' fate in balance</H2></CENTER>By MWAKERA MWAJEFA =

      <P>The fate of some 2,500 people evicted from a Mombasa slum on =
Saturday=20
      was unclear yesterday.=20
      <P>A church service was in progress but no signs of slum dwellers. =

      <P>The area MP Ramadhan Kajembe condemned the demolition and =
appealed to=20
      President Moi to intervene and give the slum dwellers another =
plot.=20
      <P>He said he would accommodate women and children at Tudor Social =
Hall=20
      and men in various mosques and churches until they were allocated =
an=20
      alternative site.=20
      <P>The legislator appealed to well-wishers to assist those =
affected by=20
      donating food, temporary shelter and clothes.=20
      <P>At the demolished Kaa Chonjo Muoroto slum, four guards from =
Migben=20
      Security Services kept guard over the vacated site.=20
      <P>Asked under whose instructions were they working, a spokesman =
who=20
      declined to give his name said they had been contracted by a Mr =
Kangwana=20
      to ensure nobody rebuilds.=20
      <P>"We are under strict instruction to ensure nobody puts up a =
structure=20
      of any kind on this site!" he said.=20
      <P>The Tudor Valley Self-help Group chairman, Mr Ancent Mwololo, =
said that=20
      most of those evicted from the slum had sought refuge in a nearby =
church.=20
      <P>He said that the group would be meeting to map out a course of =
action=20
      "because most of these people are our members."=20
      <P>The chairman said that the slum dwellers had occupied the area =
in 1995=20
      after consulting Changamwe MP Ramadhan Kajembe and meeting the =
Mombasa=20
      Mayor and his Town Clerk.=20
      <P>At the same time, police in Mombasa said that nobody was =
arrested or=20
      hurt during the demolition of Muoroto slum in Tudor area.=20
      <P>Speaking on telephone, the police chief, Mr Nicodemus Diffu, =
said his=20
      officers were civil in the early morning raid.=20
      <P>On Saturday an estimated 2,500 people were left homeless after =
Mombasa=20
      Municipal Council demolished slum houses.=20
      <P>The early morning raid saw 430 mud walled structures flattened =
by a=20
      bulldozer under tight security from regular and administration =
that caught=20
      slum dwellers unawares.=20
      <P>A resident, Mr Francis Mulei complained that he had nowhere to =
go or=20
      somewhere to sleep with his family of six children and his mother. =

      <P>The former Changamwe MP, Mr Kennedy Kiliku, told the Makupa =
Police=20
      Station OCS, Mr Patrick Waboma Wambani, that he was distressed =
over the=20
      demolition. <BR></P></TD></TR>
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