Sonko now says Ngong Road demolitions are illegal


Sonko now says Ngong Road demolitions are illegal
File image of Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko. PHOTO| COURTESY

In Summary

  • Sonko termed the move 'a highest caliber of impunity', saying the structures in question are not on Riparian Land and therefore no one can claim that they were illegally constructed.
  • The demolitions were ordered to create space for the expansion of Ngong Road which is under construction.
  • In August, Sonko affirmed that all structures on riparian lands, waterways and those on riparian land will be carried out fairly but firmly.

Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko has termed demolitions on Ngong Road as illegal.

According to him, no directive to have the structures brought down was issued from his office.

“I’m appealing to the Chief Justice before issuing any orders, the title deeds must be authenticated because this is impunity of the highest caliber, this exercise is very illegal ,” he said.

The governor who was addressing the Press on Wednesday, stated that the  county had stopped all demolitions in Nairobi except for those on Riparian land and public utilities.

The demolitions were ordered in preparation for the expansion of Ngong Road.

In August, Sonko affirmed that all structures on riparian lands, waterways and those on public utilities will be carried out fairly but firmly vowing to investigate culprits behind the illegal constructions.

“The buildings will be demolished only to the extent of their encroachment to the river ecosystem. Others affected are buildings on public access roads and grabbed public utilities,” the governor said in a statement.

“We are aware that some of these buildings were constructed with permits from the various regulatory agencies, and our position is as was stated by H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta that those responsible for issuing these permissions will be investigated and prosecuted if found culpable.”

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