President William Ruto has revealed that the government has allocated Sh300 million to relocate 27,000 individuals from riparian areas to ensure their safety amidst flooding concerns.

During National Prayers Day on Thursday, May 30, 2024, Ruto highlighted the efforts to provide alternative housing for those displaced by floods.

“We have dedicated close to Sh300 million to ensure that relocated individuals have suitable housing options. Another 13,000 individuals are currently undergoing relocation procedures,” stated Ruto.

The relocation initiative, aimed at safeguarding lives and property from the adverse impacts of flooding, has resulted in the demolition of structures in areas like Mathare slums, displacing residents who are now seeking alternative accommodations. Reports emerged of residents lamenting the lack of prior notice before their homes were demolished.

President Ruto previously assured affected families of immediate assistance, pledging Sh10,000 per household to facilitate their temporary housing needs. Interior CS Kithure Kindiki confirmed that 25,000 households have already received the government’s pledged support, with the remaining 15,000 households set to receive their allocations by the end of Friday.

“25,000 households have already received the promised government assistance of Sh10,000 each, and we are on track to provide the remaining households with their support by May 31,” Kindiki assured.