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October 19, 2018

Lack of fuel stalls destruction of Southend Mall

part of the southEnd mall that was being demolished along Langata road on 8th.August.2018  which was build on a riparian land./FILE
part of the southEnd mall that was being demolished along Langata road on 8th.August.2018 which was build on a riparian land./FILE
Demolition of the Southend Mall at the junction of Lang’ata Road and Mbagathi Way failed to continue yesterday because of lack of fuel.
Officers carrying out the demolitions arrived at 7am, but were stranded after they were told the machines had not been fuelled. The two machines – a bulldozer and an excavator - had been kept at a nearby police station.
Their leader, Julius Wanjau, made calls in what could be seen as a clear logistical problem and poor preparedness.“We are still arranging how we can get fuel and immediately we get it, work will continue. This work is demanding because these machines consume a lot of fuel,” Wanjau said.
He said they have been spending Sh400,000 per day on fuel alone for the two equipment since demolition of structures started on Monday.
Wanjau said because of the size of the building and amount of resources required, they were considering using an explosive to bring it down.
“We are in discussion with the Mining ministry to see if they can help us, but we again fear that this may interfere with other buildings,” he said.
At 1pm, the excavator started collecting the debris but stopped 30 minutes later.
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