Kenyan Singer Calls Out Govt Over Shelter Crisis For Displaced People In Mathare

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Kenyan singer Sofiya Nzau has launched a campaign to assist displaced people in Mathare with temporary shelter after visiting the area.

Following an on-site visit recently, the ‘Mwanake’ singer expressed that the situation is more dire than she expected, adding that her voice to advocacy efforts was to reckon with the mass displacement of people following heavy flooding in Nairobi this month.

Speaking of the situation in Mathare, Nzau noted that the government has done little to assist in resettling residents who were forced to evacuate at the beginning of May.

“We found out that the situation in Mathare is really bad. So many families have lost their homes and each other, some have lost their loved ones to the floods… and some of them it’s the separation of husband and wife – the wife is living in a church and the husband is living in a mosque.

“What we want to bring awareness to is that the people of Mathare need shelter and the government is not helping. The affordable houses are available but they’re [the government] not helping the people of Mathare with them,” she stated in a video posted on Wednesday.

In collaboration with a local CBO, the Mathare Social Justice Centre, Nzau is raising funds to construct a temporary shelter to ease congestion in the few available areas where displaced persons live.

“If we can be able to build something for them to sleep in as they are figuring out their lives because most of them lost their jobs,” she appealed.

Recall that during his Labour Day speech on May 1, 2024, President Ruto announced that the National Housing Fund would be prioritised to build homes for those displaced from riparian lands and low-cost housing projects in the April/May flooding crisis.

In his national address on May 3, 2024, he further ordered the Ministry of Interior to ensure the evacuation was effected and those displaced were also relocated.