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Relief for Kitisuru Fire Victims as MP Wanyonyi Comes to their Rescue

At least 116 residents of Shanti slum in Kitisuru ward were forced to brave the cold night after a raging fire razed their houses on Thursday night.

The residents were rudely interrupted from their sleep following the fire whose cause is yet to be known.

Property of unknown value was destroyed during the night inferno leaving hundreds of the Kaptagat village families homeless as they prepare for the Christmas festivities.

Area Member of Parliament Mr Tim Wanyonyi rushed to the scene on Friday morning to console the fire victims and offer his relief donation.

He donated mattresses, blankets and foodstuff to the fire victims as he promised to do his best as area MP to improve their living conditions in order to reduce cases of fires erupting in the slum.

Some of the area residents who spoke decried of increasing insecurity in the area and urged the MP to spearhead efforts to ensure residents are secure.

They also requested to be facilitated with a pipe so that they can connect to a water source in the area to help in emergency responses should such incidences occur.

Constituency manager Ben Mwonyonyo promised that the MP will always be available to offer his helping hand incase of any calamity.

At the same time, he assured the locals that Mr Wanyonyi was properly seized of the issues affecting them and that he will be always ready to help.

On his part, Mr Wanyonyi said that he had already had a talk with the County department in charge to offer emergency and efficient services.

He called on City Hall and governor Johnson Sakaja to ensure a fire station is put up in the area as one way of improving emergency response.

He reminded the residents that his bid to be Nairobi governor was a step in the right direction and that had he been able to clinch the seat, more goodies would have been brought to the area.

However, he assured them that he will still fight for their rights in his capacity as area MP explaining that all require good service.

“When I am still your voice, you will know I care for you. And I know how to seek for assistance,” he assured them.

He urged local investors in Westlands to offer a helping hand to residents as one way of giving back to the community.

The youth, he said, should be on the forefront in seeking gainful income generating activities and that they should not be involved in criminal activities.

“If you have a criminal n your house, it is better to talk them out of the vice instead of leaving them to the mercy of the world,” he urged parents and the residents.

He discouraged locals from engaging in illegal businesses like brewing of illicit alcohol and instead urged them to seek his audience in engaging in more positive and legal businesses.

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