‘Construction of Avic Tower a security threat,’ says Nairobi County gov’t


A model of the skyscraper that Avic International was to build in Westlands, Nairobi.
A model of the skyscraper that Avic International was to build in Westlands, Nairobi. Photo/COURTESY

In Summary

  • This, according to a statement from City Hall to newsrooms on Tuesday, was revealed by Nairobi County Urban Planning Chief Officer Justus Kathenge during a consultative meeting with Avic International representatives.
  • Speaking during the meeting, Mr. Kathenge said security agencies have raised issues with construction of the 30 storey tower which is still under construction.
  • The meeting was attended by Avic International officials led by Lin Zhao Avic and David Zheng, the company’s architects Julius Kibwege and Jonah Ngatia among others.

The construction of Avic Tower along Waiyaki Way in Nairobi was reportedly suspended for contravening urban planning regulations and security guidelines.

This, according to a statement from City Hall to newsrooms on Tuesday, was revealed by Nairobi County Urban Planning Chief Officer Justus Kathenge during a consultative meeting with Avic International representatives.

Speaking during the meeting, Mr. Kathenge said security agencies have raised issues with construction of the 30 storey tower which is still under construction.

“Avic International should adhere to all the rules and regulations before suspension of the construction is lifted. But location and height of the building is also an issue,” said Mr Kathenge.

The meeting was attended by Avic International officials led by Lin Zhao Avic and David Zheng, the company’s architects Julius Kibwege and Jonah Ngatia among others.

Last month, Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko suspended the construction of Avic Tower for contravening building regulations.

During suspension of the construction, 15 workers on site were arrested including 10 Chinese nationals.

The workers were charged with erecting the building without approved plans, contrary to Section 30(2) of the Physical Planning Act.

Governor Mike Sonko has also stated that all investors must adhere with the City regulations if they want their building plans approved.

“We have said no to under-the- table deals with investors. All cases and applications for building approvals will be done transparently,” said Sonko.

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