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October 20, 2018

Sonko lists grabbed properties in City Hall reclamation plan

Part of the South End Mall in Nairobi county, which was demolished for sitting on a riparian reserve, August 8, 2018. /EZEKIEL AMING'A
Part of the South End Mall in Nairobi county, which was demolished for sitting on a riparian reserve, August 8, 2018. /EZEKIEL AMING'A

Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has warned that all properties on road reserves, waterways or riparian land will be demolished.

The county boss said no one will be spared in the crackdown which will include his property in Buruburu.

"It doesn't matter how well connected you are. If you have built on a road reserve or waterway, that structure has to go down, including my own parcel that I bought in Buruburu," he said.

Sonko on Thursday said that about an acre of his land is part of an access road and that the county willl start by demolishing the wall.

"Sonko has been entrusted with the lives of over six million Kenyans. Let them (tycoons) hate me and say that I will be a one-term Governor, I will not allow impunity to thrive under my watch," Sonko said. "I better be a one-term Governor and leave a legacy than entertaining grabbing of public land."

Sonko asked Nairobi residents to remove all their valuables from public utilities with immediate effect.

He said county and NEMA officers who conspired with grabbers to approve such buildings will also be prosecuted. The Governor listed over 15 utilities that will be repossessed by the county.

"The law should not be applied selectively," Sonko said adding that he is aware the action "will make him an enemy of few rich Nairobians, who include politicians and tycoons who control politics."

"I am prepared to deal with them. I have been entrusted with the lives of over six million Kenyans. Let them (tycoons) hate me and say that I will be a one-term Governor, I will not allow impunity to thrive under my watch," he said.

The Governor said he was blamed for floods in Nairobi adding that he is vindicated with the demolitions targetting properties built on sewer lines, rivers, and riparian lands.

He cited the case of flooding in Kariobangi where it was discovered that someone had put up three buildings on a sewer line.

"For the traders in Nairobi who will be affected by the ongoing demolition, we will put up modern markets, stalls, and kiosks to accommodate them."

"I have mobilised MCAs to take data of all affected traders and hawkers so that we clean Nairobi to make it the real City under the sun."

The following are the public properties from where Sonko wants valuables removed, the risk being demolitions:

  1. Proposed land for Gigiri and Ruaraka fire stations
  2. Highridge Hospital in Parklands
  3. New Muthaiga Thigiri Ridge county dispensary and nursery school
  4. Pumwani Hospital expansion structures
  5. Eastleigh county market
  6. Mwariro county market
  7. Lang'ata Primary School land
  8. St Catherine Primary school land
  9. Buruburu Girls' School land
  10. Martin Luther Primary School land
  11. Kamkunji Secondary School land
  12. Langata Secondary School land
  13. Land reserved for South C market
  14. Land reserved for Nyayo Estate police post
  15. All county public roads including Maina Kamanda's property
  16. All grabbed land in all the estates within Nairobi that have been reserved for playgrounds
  17. All grabbed public social halls
  18. All encroachments on public land including houses constructed on sewer line and Nairobi water pipeline

The government has earmarked 4,000 buildings for demolition because they sit on riparian land.

In a report by the National Environmental Management Authority dated June 26, and based on inspection visits to riparian areas within Nairobi county, nine buildings and structures were found to be on riparian land.

Read: Over 4,000 buildings to go in operation to secure Nairobi River

Also read: Ukay could be next in demolition wave

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