Residents of Nairobi’s slums who can’t pay their rent get evicted and end up on the street. Over 90 percent of these tenants live in rented corrugated-metal shacks owned by slumlords with terrible reputations.
The slumlords of Nairobi mercilessly exploit the poorest of poor. One young man was shot and killed over five months’ rent, while Agnes Muhavishe, who tries to make ends meet by producing and selling soap, was recently thrown out of her shack after falling six months behind with her payments. Her husband does odd jobs to feed their children. Many of slumlord Peter Chege’s shacks are now vacant, as the COVID-19 pandemic has forced many tenants struggling to pay their rent out of their homes. He sees himself as a loser in the crisis.