NLC will de­cide if Sh1bn mall on wet­land to be razed

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics Ministries -

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.

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