Residents of Kibra have obtained orders whose effect may halt the construction of the Southern Bypass.
This after information reaching them indicated that the road would pass through the slum which is Africa’s biggest.
The high court stopped Kenya Urban Roads Authority (KURA) from evicting members of the Nubian community living in Kibra.
They argue that the road construction is being done without their knowledge and participation.
Members of the Nubian Community say that no information was passed to them save that they heard that a road was coming through Kibra.
“A conservatory order restraining the respondents either by themselves , their agents or otherwise howsoever from threatened illegal eviction of the Nubian Community from Lindi, Mashimoni and Kambi Aluru for purposes of building a road through Kibra ,Nairobi, “judge Samson Okongo ruled.
It is their argument that houses in Lindi, Mashimoni and Kambi Aluru have been marked and beacons placed in houses without any prior notification .
They claim that Kibra is their ancestral home and are entitled to enjoy quiet and peaceful possession of the said land.
On July 28, H Young Company limited the constructor notified them that they would enter Kibra in the month of August by all means and demolish their houses so as to construct the road.
The Nairobi Southern Bypass starts from the junction of Mombasa Road interchange and ends at Kabete- Limuru Road at Kikuyu town.
The road crosses the Nairobi National Park westward then goes through Lang’ata Road, Ngong Road Motoine River, Dagoretti Road, Thogoto Road then passes over Ondiri River and a railway line towards Kikuyu town.
The Bypass is partly funded by the Government of Kenya through a partnership with China’s EXIM Bank at a cost of up to 18 billion Shillings and is expected to decongest the city by diverting a substantial volume of traffic from Uhuru Highway, increase mobility of through traffic and connect the residents of the area.