Billions lost as Nairobi regeneration downs buildings
The demolition exercise being spearheaded by the National Environmental Management Authority (Nema) continued unabated Wednesday morning with the Ksh 1 billion South End Mall on the junction of Lang’ata/Mbagathi Road being the latest to go down.
The building, which is built on riparian land has been the subject of controversy for many years, and was being fingered as the cause of flooding in the area but the owner, former Bobasi MP Stephen Manoti, secured court orders to stop its demolition.
However, Nema has finally cracked the whip as it undertakes the Nairobi regeneration programme ordered by President Uhuru Kenyatta.
The programme is aimed at removing solid waste from rivers and reclamation of riparian land for the over 25 river basins that form the Nairobi Rivers Ecosystem Project.
The project seeks to rehabilitate Nairobi River and its network of tributaries by identifying and sustainably addressing sources of river pollution, reclaiming riparian land and initiating landscape management activities which include tree planting.