After facing criticism from several quarters, the Kenya Railways Corporation (KRC) has maintained that the ongoing demolition exercise is done in good faith.
Through a press statement seen by TV47 Digital, KRC says that the exercise which was initiated in 2019 is meant to reclaim its land to provide a safe corridor for railway operations.
The corporation faced criticism following demolitions that were carried out over the weekend that left over 5,000 families in Kibos, Kisumu County, homeless.
On the fateful day, the families, were woken up by Kenya Railways bulldozers dead in the night. Not even the Jamia mosque-Kibos was spared.
The corporation now says that in the course of the demolition exercise, safety of residents is their priority.
“Necessary engagements, through various channels had been done to allow the affected persons time and space to have their concerns heard and seek alternative spaces to live or work,” reads the statement.
Ostensibly, the Kenya Railways says that similar exercise had been done in Central and Nairobi regions, resulting to successful operationalisation of the Nanyuki Line and the introduction of more commuter rail services in the Nairobi Metropolitan area.
“As a provider of transport solutions, we move different types of goods along our network including dangerous cargo and need to secure a safe corridor for operations to protect lives and secure goods while in transit,” continues the statement.
The corporation is now calling upon members of the public occupying land reserved for railway operations to seek alternatives to avoid inconveniences, in a bid to support the nation-wide rail revitalisation programme.