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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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Optiven Foundation Spreads hope to the vulnerable Amidst Covid Pandemic

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As we gear towards alleviate poverty levels in our society, the Optiven Foundation has reached out to support
FLOMINA children’s home. Located in Nairobi’s Soweto area, the home was the recipient of assorted food stuffs including cereals, pulses and vegetable oil.

More than 65 vulnerable children some who are orphaned , abandoned or living with HIV & AIDs, got reasons to smile courtesy of Optiven Foundation.

As the eyes on the community, the Foundation’s desire is to transform & improve the livelihood of the vulnerable families in our society. This is by offering them support that includes basic food stuff. We thank all those who support the optiven vision of economically and socially empowering the communities

How to Easily Partner & Be a Philanthropist TODAY

1. Support a deserving needy person.
Mpesa Paybill: 898 630.
Account name: Donation

2. https://web.facebook.com/pg/optivenfoundation/reviews ( like our page & drop a comment) if a beneficiary, drop us a review & rate us

For more information reach us on +254 718 776 033 or info@optivenfoundation.org | www.optivenfoundation.org

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What is happening in Amani Ridge the Place of Peace

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Amani Ridge the place of Peace is giving you an opportunity to build your home in a serene, scenic and natural environment.

It remains unparalleled facility with top notch value additions. Perimeter wall, razor wire,solar street lights, a welcoming landscaping work with a beautiful fountain and now a cabro- paved entry to 300 stunning homes to-be.

To become a part of this neighborhood, ensure that you or your friend book soonest from the 23
1/4 acre plots remaining.

Call us now:
0790300300 or 0723400500
Website: www.optiven.co.ke

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Safe rides: Introducing the all-female taxi

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Say you are a woman, it is 11pm and you need a taxi ride urgently. You may have heard horrendous stories of female passengers in a male driven taxi that makes you recoil and opt to cancel the ride, but you need it, and you are alone.

Getting in the taxi, worry knocks and you start having wild ideas of your escape plan, just in case. You check the child lock and confirm that your phone is charged, before sending a screenshot of your taxi details to a friend – if anything happens, they will have a clue of where to start.

Will it be comforting to say that you are not alone?

This comfort factor for women is in a female chauffeured taxi called An Nisa, a taxi company whose vehicles only carry women and children, limited to pre-teen male.

Fellow women

“I wanted a taxi service that would make women feel comfortable throughout their journey. Women are more maternal and women feel more comfortable being driven by fellow women,” says  Khawlah Habib, founder of An Nisa.

An Nisa, which means women in the Arabic language, is a solution to women and mothers who may have had insecurities when they use other taxi services.

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Whilst the analogy of prevention being better than cure is mostly used in medicine, Ms Habib says it perfectly fits her idea of having a female passenger being driven by a woman.

“I did a lot of research and talked to a number of women who narrated their unpleasant experiences, which made me see the need of coming up with a female-only taxi,” says Ms Habib.

When it was launched in 2018, there were more than 1,000 downloads and requests to use their service within a week. Unfortunately, at the time this article was written, the app was under maintenance so all bookings are still made on call.

Affirmative nod

“Men also call me to let me know that the ladies in their lives, or children, would wish to use An Nisa as a mode of transport, and that tells you that the worry is felt by both genders,” says Ms Habib.

An Nisa today, has more than 50 female drivers that work mainly in Nairobi and Mombasa.

It is even a feel-good option for female taxi drivers. Beatrice Wambui, a 30-year-oldwho has been a taxi driver for ten years now, has an affirmative nod for the An Nisa experience.

Ms Wambui juggles between all the online taxi service providers available in Nairobi. But says: “Having an An Nisa client feels safe, because I already know it is a fellow woman coming on board.”

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Although she may not be affected much when she uses the other online taxi services, the discrimination starts from the passenger.

“One time I got a client request for my ride, when I accepted the request and they found out that it was a woman behind the wheel, they cancelled, and I felt so bad,” Ms Wambui says.

Late night ride

With An Nisa, she says, the expectation and reality are usually in synchrony. So, once a client calls in, they know that it is a woman who will drive them, so they do not have any reservations because that is what they sign up for.

Ms Habib does not just employ any woman to be her driver.

“I prefer drivers who have driven for a while, say 10 years or more, not less and should comply with all NTSA (National Transport and Safety Authority) requirements.”

And for clients who may want a late night ride, or a very early ride; say to the airport, they make advanced booking so that safety precautions including the driver’s, are considered.

Curfew

“I had to apply for a curfew pass that allows me to pick and drop off clients who travel in the wee hours of the night. With the pandemic, I insist that the client wears a face mask and sits on the back seat,” adds Ms Wambui.

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For safety, An Nisa has partnered with Lady Askari, a company that offers protection services to women. The services, just like An Nisa, are provided by female trained security guards.

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