Two months have passed since Nairobians heard of SANY’s operations and we all most likely thought the snake-like machinery that demolishes structures built on riparian land had felt pity for its victims.
SANY brought down buildings and shopping malls namely; Java Kileleshwa, Nakumatt Ukay Centre Westlands, Southend Mall Lang’ata and Airgate Centre, formerly Taj Mall in Eastlands on 15th September.
Those whose owners had initially been said to be ‘untouchable’ as they either had strong ‘connections’ not forgetting their deep pockets were flattened.
Multi-billion-shillings worth of developments was flattened without anybody being held responsible for their approval of construction.
The exercise was organized by a multi-agency team that comprised the Nairobi Regeneration Committee, National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) and Nairobi County Government.
Demolitions to Return
Those that hoped to rest at least until the holidays are over are in for an unpleasant surprise as SANY is expected to resume operation at the end of November.
According to Mr. Julius Wanjau, the head of the multi-agency team supervising the operation, the demolitions are set to recommence before the end of November since the one-month notices given out by the team, on 1st October, have expired.
“We could not proceed with the demolitions as there were notices given out last month by this team causing a stop to the demolitions but most expired on October 31 and so we will start any time this month so long as it is within Nairobi,” Mr. Wanjau said on Tuesday.
“Many people who had marks on their buildings have demolished most of the marked areas themselves in areas like Kileleshwa, Kobumunyiri in Kamukunji and Kiruga,” he added.
According to Mr. Wanjau, the demolitions are expected to take place in 4000 buildings and structures constructed on riparian land and road reserves.
Moses Nyakiongera, the National Building Inspectorate chairman, confirmed the statement saying demolition of unsafe structures will resume in a week and only waits to fund from the Treasury.
“We will resume any time because our budgetary allocation for this quarter has been loaded, so it should be a week or so from now then you will see us in action. We are planning to start in Huruma estate in Nairobi,” said Mr. Nyakiongora on Tuesday.
Huruma estate in Nairobi’s Eastlands is a low-cost housing and has on several occasions witnessed the collapse of buildings that have claimed lives.