NLC will decide if Sh1bn mall on wetland to be razed
The National Land Commission will soon decide whether to demolish the Sh1 billion mall constructed on the Mutuini-Ngong River valley, at the Lang’ata and Mbagathi Road junction.
Chairman Muhammad Swazuri said on Tuesday the commission will tour the building before the end of the year. “We will make a decision before the end of the year as it is illegal to erect a building on wetland,”he said.
On May 14, the owner of the building, Bobasi MP Stephen Manoti , was given 14 days to demolish it, but he has not done so.
The mall, which is still under construction, will house shops, offices and a 92-room hotel.
It has been blamed for flooding in Nairobi West, South C and parts of Lang’ata.
Swazuri said some of the structures erected along the Lang’ata Road, stretching up to Wilson Airport are illegal.
He spoke at the Kabete Technical Training Institute, which he toured. NLC is trying to solve the dispute over ownership of five acres, involving the institute and the Anglican Church of Kenya.
The chairman said his commission has been well-received by the public, since they are now better informed of land issues and rights.