The National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) has finally demolished the much-talked-about Southend Mall in Langata.
The 1 billion shilling 5 storey mall, opposite T-Mall was demolished Wednesday morning by officials from NEMA, indicating the seriousness in reclaiming riparian land within Nairobi.
The mall is said to be owned by the former Member of Parliament for Bobasi Mr. Stephen Manoti, who constructed the mall despite stiff opposition from the environmentalists as well as city MCAs.
The demolition of the mall comes few days after NEMA brought down the popular joint, Java, and Shell Fuel station in Kileleshwa.
According to NEMA, about 4,000 buildings that have either been constructed on riverbeds or riverbanks have been earmarked to be demolished in an exercise that is expected to take two months.
People had dismissed the environmental body of being toothless, all barking but no biting but the current demolitions are set to restore the confidence in the body.
Kenyans are now calling on NEMA to proceed and demolish Taj Mall that has been proved to be standing on a road reserve for years.
A parliamentary committee in charge of environment had identified various areas within the city where rivers have been grabbed and buildings constructed in them. They include Limuru Road, Lang’ata Road, Arboretum Road, Spring Valley, Globe Cinema, Riverside Drive, Westlands, Parklands, Fuata Nyayo Estate in South B, Village Market, Gem Suites in Riverside and Alina Villas in Spring Valley.
Other buildings iconic buildings that might be on NEMA’s radar and maybe coming down soon include Nakumatt UKAY which has been said to have been constructed right in the middle of a river. Another block that was constructed on the riverbed of Ngong River, and which has been blamed for deadly floods that rocked South C and Nairobi West might be brought down too.
There are also allegations that Standard Media Group building might be brought down too. This will be history.