Sany Descends on Grand Nairobi Hotel (PHOTOS)

Sany the bulldozer on Thursday pitched camp at a multi-million hotel in Nairobi

Sany the bulldozer demolishing the Grand Manor hotel in Gigiri

This comes after a  Nairobi court issued orders allowing the Nairobi County Government to demolish the multi-million hotel.

Security Threat

On Tuesday the court ruled that the hotel was a security threat since it is adjacent to the United Nations office and opposite the United States embassy.

Its proximity to the embassies was a major reason for the push to have it demolished, as the foreign missions wrote to the county government and the foreign affairs ministry to protest its construction.

The hotel belongs to Businessman Praful Kumar who was arrested by Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission (EACC) sleuths for allegedly attempting to bribe Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko.

EACC stated that Mr Praful had Ksh5 million on his person but Governor Sonko's office said that the businessman had offered the County boss Ksh1 million.

Corruption

The anti-graft body claimed that Mr Praful wanted Governor Sonko to allow the construction of the hotel which had been stopped by the Nairobi County Government.

Reports by Citizen TV claimed that the Gigiri area association had filed a complaint arguing that the construction of the hotel had violated physical planning regulations for the low-density estate.

The Interior Ministry asked the Nairobi County Government for technical advise since some of the embassies had allegedly threatened to move from Nairobi.

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