NEMA  brings down iconic Ukay Centre  building in Westlands

NEMA brings down iconic Ukay Centre building in Westlands

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BY NAMULONGO PETER,10TH AUG 2018-The National  Environmental management Authority NEMA on Friday morning  descended on Ukay Centre in Westlands in Nairobi demolishing the iconic building that has been standing for close to two decades.

The building is said to be build on riparian land .

The building which houses several business is  estimated to have cost Sh900 million.On Thursday the  owners failed to secure an injunction against its demolition from the High Court.

 Kental Enterprises Limited sued the Nairobi County government, the National Environment Management Authority (Nema), the Water Resource and Management Authority, the National Youth Service and the attorney-general.

According to Managing Director Bimal Shah, Ukay Centre adhered to all laws relating to riparian reserves and the recommended distance from rivers.

The matter is  before the vacation judge for directions, which are yet to be issued.

It will be remembered that the  mall, which used to house Nakumatt Ukay Supermarket, closed for business after goods of unknown value were washed away from the supermarket’s shelves following a heavy downpour over a year ago.

Nema said the buildings had been given a three-month notice, which expired on Sunday, after the launch of the regeneration plan to restore Nairobi city.

 

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