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No, Kenyan govt hasn’t called for investigation into Kariobangi demolitions

On 4 May 2020, about 5,000 people were evicted from the Kariobangi neighbourhood of the Kenyan capital Nairobi and their homes demolished

Since then, a copy of a letter has been shared in a number of Facebook posts, with the claim that the “Government Calls for Immediate Investigations and Arrest of Cartels Behind Kariobangi Demolations”. 

The letter appears to be from the presidency, signed by the head of public service, Joseph Kinyua. In the letter, Kinyua directs the director of public prosecutions, the inspector general of the police service and the director of criminal investigations to prosecute people involved in the demolitions.

The trio are also ordered to investigate and prosecute “Persons involved in illegal allocation of the public land” and “taking advantage of Coronavirus pandemic to extort Mwananchi [citizens]”. 

‘Please disregard this letter’

The Ministry of Interior has urged the public to disregard the letter through their verified Twitter account 

The ministry shared an image of the letter with “FAKE” stamped across it in red and tweeted: “Please disregard this letter circulating on social media purporting to have come from the Head of public service.” – Grace Gichuhi


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