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Forced Evictions and Human Rights Violations: A Case of Kwa Vonza Ward, Kitui County, Kenya

The displacement of poor people is a major concern as they fail to take cognizance of the human rights of such people and in the process result in their further impoverishment. The study’s main objective was to examine the effects of the displacements and the mitigation measures taken in Kwa Vonza Ward in Kitui County, 130Km east of Nairobi City County. The study adopted mixed design methods. Qualitative methods were necessary to understand the phenomena and what the evictees experienced and quantitative methods enabled collection and analysis of data with respect to losses. Two non-probability procedures were found most suitable for the research, namely purposive followed by snowball sampling. For the evictees, structured interview schedules were used. An interview guide was used for the key informants. For the case studies conversations with intermitted questions to clarify issues were held. Data was analysed using Statistical Package for Social Scientists (SPSS).

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