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BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,17TH AUG 2018-The government has been given 7 days to make public the list of all buildings targeted for demolition in Nairobi.This ultimatum has been given by the Law Society of Kenya (LSK).The lobby group has also threatened to go to court if that is not done.
Through a letter written on Thursday ( August 16, 2018) the lawyers body further demanded that the government issues 90-day notice to tenants in targeted buildings to avoid inconvenience.
“The State must ensure that due process is followed … Article 47 of the Constitution enjoins the State to ensure that the citizens are accorded fair administrative action when their property rights are affected,” the letter reads in part.
LSK also expressed concern that the rules of natural justice may have been breached in the ongoing Nairobi demolitions.
“We are concerned that the rights of innocent tenants and other third parties have been affected by the short notices
that have been given prior to the demolition of the properties. The law demands that adequate notice be given,” LSK said.
The move comes a day after Taj Mall (Airgate Centre) owner Rameshchandra Gorasi lamented after his building was earmarked for demolition and a two-week notice issued for tenants to vacate.
Gorasi insisted that he was given all the necessary approvals from the government dating back to July 2015.
The government has intensified the crackdown on illegal buildings that encroached on public land.
The lawyers also demanded that the government clarify whether the current Nairobi demolitions will affect only those on riparian land or even those that may have been illegally constructed.
The legal body has also called for the prosecution of government officials found to have been complicit in the irregular issuing of approvals saying they should be dealt with in accordance with the law.