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Why this beautiful apartment complex in Nairobi is about to be demolished

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A 12-storey residential building in Nairobi’s in Nyayo Highrise estate is the next target in the ongoing demolition of buildings built on riparian land.

The National Environment Management Authority (Nema) and Water Resources Management Authorities (WARMA) on Friday gave the developer of the residential property a 14 days’ demolition notice.

The building, which is owned by Edermann Property, is said to have been built and sits on Nairobi Dam’s riparian reserve.

The residential apartment in Nairobi's Nyayo Highrise estate which the authorities want brought down. Notice part of Nairobi dam in the background on the far right. PHOTO | JEFF ANGOTE
The residential apartment in Nairobi’s Nyayo Highrise estate which the authorities want brought down. Notice part of Nairobi dam in the background on the far right. PHOTO | JEFF ANGOTE

The developer has also been ordered to restore the reserve within 90 days on grounds it is affecting the flow of Ngong River.

“Based upon the findings within your facility, you are required to undertake the following: Within 14 days (from the date of this order) demolish the permanent structure failure to which it will be pulled down without further reference to you,” Nema’s order reads in part.

WARMA has similarly ordered the property owner to demolish the structure within 14 days effective on the date of the order dated October 10, 2018.

Edermann management has also been ordered to report to the Nema deputy director of enforcement on Monday, October 15, with a legal adviser.

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The owner of the property Mr John Rajwayi was also ordered by Nema to report to their offices on Monday October 15 with his legal adviser to the deputy enforcement officer.

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Nema has held that the building was put up in contravention of Cap 387 of the Environmental Management and Co-ordination Act (EMCA).

The 12-storey 3 blocks building comprises of 288 housing units which weer launched by the late Housing Minister Soita Shitanda in 2013.

The two notices served to the property owner by the National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA) and the Water Resources Management Authority (WARMA) to have the building brought down. PHOTO | JEFF ANGOTE
The two notices served to the property owner by the National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA) and the Water Resources Management Authority (WARMA) to have the building brought down. PHOTO | JEFF ANGOTE

The late Minister toured and cut the ribbon during Edermann’s takeover of the project after two contractors could not proceed with the construction works.

According to the owners, construction began in February 2012 and was completed on March 2014 and covers an area of 31,000 square meters with a total investment of Sh950 million. .

At least half of the buildings built on riparian land have been brought down since demolition began in Nairobi in August.

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VIDEO: Uhuru loses temper and deals with CS Macharia

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BY OLIVIA MUNGWANA

In a video dating back to 2018, Chinese contractor and Transport CS James Wainaina Macharia seem to have crossed the president’s path.

President Uhuru Kenyatta made a surprise visit to a Chinese construction site where he found the construction work had stalled and started to enquire why.

He also enquired on how they had been allocated funds and listened as the CS and the Chinese contractor each gave a different figure, much to the Presidents dismay.

The CS tried to interject the President to save face for the Chinese but a seemingly infuriated Uhuru could hear none of it.

In defense, the officials from the Chinese company indicated that there was shortage of funding alleging that the project would be fast tracked had they received enough monies.

 

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American tourist visiting Mara in trouble over fight with a local resident

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An American tourist has been arrested following a fight with a businessman in Narok town.

The foreigner, who has been identified as Mr Amando Kurti from Alabama, United States, is set to be arraigned on Monday for assault and resisting arrest, according to Narok OCPD Joseph Kisombe.

But the man’s partner Ms Danielle Olivier, who is a New Zealander, and Narok Senator Ledama ole Kina, have accused the police of taking sides.

“The police seem to fear Mr Ishmael, why haven’t they arrested him after equally injuring the tourist,” said Mr Kina.

Ms Olivier blamed the trader for starting the fight.

Narok Senator Ledama ole Kina (right) and Danielle Olivier from New Zealand, whose partner Amando Kurti was arrested for allegedly assaulting a businessman in Narok, arrive at Narok Police Station on February 17, 2019. PHOTO | GEORGE SAYAGIE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Source: Daily Nation

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JKIA ranked among the busiest airports in the continent

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The Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi has been ranked as one of the busiest airports in Africa.

The latest report by Airports Council International has ranked the facility as the fourth busiest airport in the continent.

Johannesburg International Airport (South Africa) has been named the busiest airport in Africa, handling at least 281 passenger flights on average per day.

Cairo International Airport (Egypt) and Bole International Airport in Ethiopia are ranked second and third busiest airports in the region.

Source: Daily Nation

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