February 17, 2020

NEMA targets 27 buildings in new demolition exercise

Some 27 buildings built on riparian land in Uasin Gishu County are being targeted by the National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA) for demolition.

Speaking on phone on Saturday, Uasin Gishu NEMA director Boniface Birichi said the building owners have already been given notices asking them to demolish their structures before the full force of the law creeps on them.

“Already, we have issued them with reminders. There are those that have been built next to the bridge and those established on the upper Elgon view are on our focus,” said Birichi.

He noted that they are acting within the law and insisted that already, they have teamed up with county officials and Kenya National Highways Authority (KENHA).

The revelation came a day after 10 structures were on Friday brought down in Eldoret that were believed to be standing on road reserves.

Traders who had rented the houses were forced to salvage their wares even as demolitions went on with security officials on guard.

The disgruntled building owners took issue with the county and KENHA officials for failing to give them notices.

“I was given this land in 1987 and I applied for all documents before erecting buildings. I have been paying rates to the county office and it is painful that they have demolished them without even giving us warnings,” Limo told a local daily.

He added: “The law dictates that dialogue should prevail, why is it then that nobody is engaging us on the demolition process, I have lost more than Sh2 million from the incident.

Thousands of buildings, owned by powerful individuals and Kenyans at large are being targeted in the demolition exercise that started in Nairobi a few weeks ago.

In a report by the National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA), dated June 26, the Government has earmarked buildings, structures and even facilities sitting on riparian land which will soon be flattened.

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