‘Sany’ in Kayole ready to demolish illegal ‘skyscraper’, owner arrested


'Sany' in Kayole ready to demolish illegal 'skyscraper', owner arrested
An excavator arrives in Kayole, Nairobi ready for the demolition of a six-storey building

In Summary

  • Caroline Wanjiru was arrested by a team of government multi-agency officials for constructing a building without approvals as Governor Mike Sonko warned constructors to seek genuine approvals.
  • The narrow building caught the attention of many when a social media user uploaded it wondering if it was safe and how the owner got approvals from City Hall.

The owner of a six-storey building under construction in Kayole, Nairobi, that has raised uproar over claims it is unsafe was on Friday arrested by Nairobi County officials.

Caroline Wanjiru was arrested by a team of government multi-agency officials for constructing a building without approvals as Governor Mike Sonko warned constructors to seek genuine approvals.

The narrow building caught the attention of many when a social media user uploaded it wondering if it was safe and how the owner got approvals from City Hall.

“Alert Disaster Dear @MikeSonko How was this APPROVED? This building shld be marked  and demolished How many of such unsafe structures have collapsed resulting in deaths Location: App Bee Centre, Harry’s Tavern, towards Kayole,” tweeted social media user Philip Ogola.

After massive backlash, Governor Sonko responded by ordering for the building’s demolition on Thursday night.

“My admin cannot sit back & watch innocent Kenyans trapped in collapsed buildings because of corruption. This morning a multi-agency team led by City Hall officials arrested owner of a condemned 7-storey building in Kayole for building without approvals/ignoring a demolition notice,” tweeted Mr. Sonko.

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