Taj Mall (Airgate Centre) demolition underway


An excavator demolishing Taj Mall in Nairobi's Embakasi estate on Saturday, September 15, 2018. Photo/SIMIYU WANJALA
An excavator demolishing Taj Mall in Nairobi's Embakasi estate on Saturday, September 15, 2018. Photo/SIMIYU WANJALA

Taj Mall (Airgate Centre) located in Nairobi’s Embakasi estate is currently being demolished.

A green excavator was spotted at the mall around 6am on Saturday morning with heavy police presence in the area.

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Last month, Rameshchandra Govind Gorasia dared the government to demolish his building insisting that he would stay put.

“I am saying this openly to any authority, I am not going to remove this structure, not even to my death! If they want to remove it, they come and do it themselves,” an irate Gorasia said at the time.

“Whoever is ordering this demolition stop hiding, come out and face me, I am not scared of anything,” he added.

Taj mall demolition. Photo/SIMIYU WANJALA
Taj mall demolition on Saturday, September 15, 2018. Photo/SIMIYU WANJALA

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Tenants at Taj Mall were then given two weeks to vacate the premises, a notice that lapsed on August 31.

The Law Society of Kenya also waded into the issue asking the Government to release the list of all buildings scheduled for demolition.

The State recently embarked on demolition of illegal buildings encroaching on public land.

Some of those that were brought down last month include South End Mall, Java House and Shell Petrol Station in Kileleshwa as well as a section of Oshwal Centre in Parklands.

Report by Simiyu Wanjala

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