A family in Machakos county, Kangundo sub-county is living on a thicket make-shift shelter for the last 3 months after being kicked out of their rental house over unpaid rent. In the images widely shared and seen by 254news.co.ke their makeshift house in the thicket has only polythene bag held by twigs and a tattered mattress.
A man identified as Benjamin Kilonzo and his Form Two son have been living on the make-shift shelter for the last 3 months
Kilonzo has been doing the menial jobs to fend for his family and was adversely affected when Covid-19 strike and restaurants were forced to shut thus resulting lay-off leaving Mr. Kilonzo jobless.
Mr. Kilonzo, a widower has been living with his form 2 son since his wife left when the son was only 2 years old. Efforts to relocate his son to their rural home in Kangundo flopped after his brothers turned him away.
The family living in squalor and a dog’s life was discovered by the farm owner Catherine Mutuku who was touring her farm and initially thought that the occupants of the make-shift shelter were mentally ill until she engaged them.
Due to cold and danger living in the thicket, Kilonzo spends nights wide awake guarding his son and relaxes during the day.
The academic life of the son has been affected adversely as his books were locked away in their previous house.
Their efforts to recover their property has been poured cold water as their former landlord passed away in the past week and the family has not been forthcoming asking for more time to ‘sufficiently mourn him’.
Their only hope and lifeline at this particular point for the is the well-wishers for provision of food and clothing