Ukay Centre in Nairobi has seen its owners moved to court to block an imminent demolition in the ongoing demolitions of properties on Riparian land.
The National Environment Management Authority, Nairobi County Government, the Water Resources and Management Authority, National Youth Service and the attorney general have been sued by Kental Enterprise Limited.
According to Ukay’s legal team, they claim it’s not the first time they have been allegations that the property lies in Riparian land.
Back in 2012, they saw an attempt to revoke their tittle denied by Justice David Majanja. At that time, they had also been threatened with the same issue.
Unfortunately the same issue resurfaced in May and in July they received a letter notifying them that part of their building is set for demolition.
According to Ukay Managing Director Bimai Shah, they have met all required requirements relating to Riparian land.
So far the National Environment Management Authority has brought down business owned by big companies including Shell, Java house and the South End Mall yesterday.
Today Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has warned more building will be demolished.
“Proposed land for Gigiri & Ruaraka firestations; Highridge hospital in parklands; New muthaiga thigiri ridge county dispensary & Nursery school; Grabbed Pumwani hospital expansion structures; Eastleigh county Market; Mwariro county market; Langata primary school land; St. Catherine primary school land; Buruburu girls school land; Martin Luther primary school land; Kamkunji Secondary school land; Langata sec. school land; grabbed land reserved for South C market; Grabbed land reserved for Nyayo estate police post, All county public roads/ accesses including my buru buru plot & maina kamandas, All grabbed land in all the estates within Nairobi reserved for playgrounds, All grabbed public social halls; All encroachments on public land including houses constructed on sewer line & Nairobi water pipeline.” Said Governor Sonko.
Governor Sonko has also warned Nema/County officials who conspired with land grabbers to approve lands for construction that will be prosecuted together with the grabbers.