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Demolition of 4,000 Buildings to Resume in Nairobi

The demolition squad is set to begin with buildings in one of the residential areas in Nairobi.

Past demolitions along Nairobi River

Nairobi is set to witness more demolitions in the coming week as the government seeks to clear structures erected on riparian land and road reserves.

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National Building Inspectorate chairman Moses Nyakiongera confirmed that his department is awaiting the necessary funding from Treasury before they set out to pull down the unsafe structures.

"We will resume any time because our budgetary allocation for this quarter has been loaded, so it should be a week or so from now then you will see us in action.

"We are planning to start in Huruma estate in Nairobi," he said.

Successful Demolitions

Julius Wanjau, who heads the multi-agency team charged with the demolitions relayed that their activities were halted to allow for ample notice to building owners to demolish the illegal structures on their own.

"We could not proceed with the demolitions as there were notices given out last month by this team causing a stop to the demolitions but most expired on October 31 and so we will start any time this month so long as it is within Nairobi," he explained.

He added that 2,000 buildings had already been demolished by the end of August 2018.

"Many people who had marks on their buildings have demolished most of the marked areas themselves in areas like Kileleshwa, Kobumunyiri in Kamukunji and Kiruga," he stated.

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