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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.

BROUGHT DOWN

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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Uber plans blacklist of unruly customers to protect drivers

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Taxi-hailing firm Uber has rolled out a new rider quality system that will see it blacklist Kenyan riders who consistently receive poor evaluation from its drivers.

Uber’s new policy follows a myriad of complaints from drivers over unruly customers who make their job harder to execute.

The firm Monday sent a message to customers notifying them of this latest change while noting that, where an account is marked several times for complaints of ‘unacceptable behaviour’ and failure to adhere to Uber’s community guidelines, a rider will have restricted app access as a result.

The unruly behaviour, according to Uber, can include asking the driver to break the law by, for instance asking him or her to ignore speed limits. It also includes causing damage to the vehicle by for example vomiting due to excessive drinking or spillage of food and drinks in the car.

It also includes the use of inappropriate, abusive and disrespectful language and clashing with a driver due to bad behaviour.

This latest policy, the US-based firm said, will see badly behaved customers receive a warning and be guided on how to improve their rating.

However, if they continue to get bad feedback from drivers after warnings, the next step will be to temporarily suspend the account for one week and if there is still no improvement, face the possibility of full deactivation.

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“We have recently updated our community guidelines which extends the same behavioural standards to the riders that we have for drivers and we will be notifying a small number of riders that their behaviour needs to improve or their access to the app could be removed — which is already done with drivers,” said Uber Country Manager Brian Njao.

“Fostering a community of mutual respect matters to us and this change is about shared accountability on our platform and asking everyone using Uber to be respectful of one another,” he said.

Uber, while making the announcement, said that the move was part of the firm’s efforts- geared towards improving transparency, accountability and boosting the safety of its drivers and riders.

Drivers are also rated on a range of factors including the vehicle’s cleanliness, rider experience during the journey and overall mannerism.

Source:nation.co.ke

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MAHIGA HOMES: We build and deliver homes fast, on very pocket-friendly terms [VIDEO]

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Mahiga Homes Limited is a Real Estate Development Company which has become very popular with Kenyans in the Diaspora in the last few years. It was in the news recently following a colourful keys-handing over ceremony during which many investors, including tens from the US and Europe, took possession of their units.

How it works

Mahiga Homes offers decent and affordable housing to clients in different parts of the country. Generally, the homes are delivered within a period of 10-12 months (depending on the project), at an affordable rate, in secure and serene environments which are accessible from the Nairobi Central Business District (CBD).

Hand-selected by local experts, these homes – curated by design, amenities, and neighbourhood – provide a visual snapshot of the most sought after properties in town. Mahiga homes are affordable, luxurious and in modern designs. “We are passionate about quality of product/ service and meeting of set deadlines,” says CEO, Peter Mahiga.

Examples

Mahiga homes Ltd, having delivered and handed over 4 projects, namely: Cornerstone I Estate, Cornerstone III Estate, Cornerstone IV Estate and Kamulu Cornerstone Gardens, have become the talk of the town. Watch:

They now present to you Rockvilla III Estate Spacious 3 bedroom bungalows master ensuite located just 300 metres off tarmac at Joska.

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It is 15 minutes drive from JKIA and 30 minutes drive from CBD. The offer price is Kshs 3.95m.  Deposit is Kshs 1.6m and you pay the balance in 12 monthly installments.

This is a beautiful gated estate in the heart of serenity. They are 3-Bedroom Bungalows and each unit is sitting on a 40×80 plot.

FEATURES:

-Master Ensuite bedroom

-106 square metres

  -Master Ensuite bedroom

-Spacious Lounge and KitcheN

-Large windows for natural lighting

-In-built MDF wardrobes

-Cabro paved driveways

-Car park for 2 cars

-Green area

-Available borehole water for the estate

-Solar water heating system

-Perimeter wall all round the estate

We also present to you The RIVERFRONT Luxurious 3 bedroom bungalows, all bedrooms ensuite, located in Ruiru suburbs overlooking Tatu city, whose price is Khs 5.5m per unit. Deposit is Kshs 2m and you pay the balance in 12 monthly installments.

Testimonials

Cornerstone I Estate was handed over on 25th August 2018, The owners have moved in and living in them already.

 

 

 

Cornerstone IV Estate, handover on 20th April 2019 home owners are moving in

Kamulu Cornerstone Gardens, handover on 29th June 2019

Cornerstone I, III, IV and Kamulu Cornerstone Gardens are sold out.

To learn more, visit www.mahigahomes.co.ke or call/Whatsapp +254 720 460 413

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Naikuni to pay Sh10m to ex-KQ employee he undressed at public event over Arsenal jersey

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Former Kenya Airways Chief Executive Officer, Titus Naikuni, has been ordered by a Nairobi court to pay a sum of Sh10 million to an employee he unlawfully sacked.

According to the Employment and Labour Relation Court, the action by Naikuni against former Corporate and Communication Manager Kepha Bosire was unjustifiable.

Bosire was awarded Sh1.8 million being three months’ salary in lieu of notice, twelve months salary compensation, Sh1 million for compensation for undignified treatment of the claimant all  amounting to Sh10 million.

On Thursday during the judgment, Justice Nelson Abuodha said the former CEO was personally liable for the award granted to Bosire.

KQ LOGO

According to Moreno’s Lawyer Steve Mogaka, Naikuni removed Moreno’s t-shirt which he said did have the KQ logo. Bosire wore an Arsenal FC team jersey.

This happened in 2013 during an event that was held at the Lemek Conservancy.

According to the court, Naikuni would have looked for other ways of making Moreno leave the event.

The court also heard that Naikuni directed the Director of Human Resource at the company to fire Moreno which the lawyer argued was unfair as per the requirement of the Employment Act.

“The CEO embarrassed the claimant in front of his colleagues and other guests who were in attendance during event,” the lawyer told the court.

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