BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,15TH SEPT 2018-The proprietor of the controversial Taj mall in Embakasi Rameshchandra Govind Gorasia now wants Director of Criminal Investigations to probe Nairobi City County officials who granted him approvals for the building.
Addressing the press on Saturday afternoon, Gorasia said he will report the demolition of his mall, recently renamed the Air Gate Center, to a local police station.
According to him the demolition is malicious damage that he said had caused him losses in excess of Sh 100 billion.
“All authorities to build were accordingly given based on the title I presented and all the documents are in place. We’re going to report this as malicious damage,” he told reporters.
Gorasia had on August 16 dared the authorities to level the building insisting that he had followed the due process in acquiring the parcel of land on which TAJ Mall is built.
“This building does not affect the road. This is economic crime and people doing this must be charged with economic crimes because I’ll go to the court and seek my claim,” he said at the time saying he had faced constant intimidation over impending demolition since the opening of the building in 2011.
Gorasia had been until August 31 to vacate and demolish the building at his own cost.
The AirGate management has stood its ground insisting that due process was followed in acquiring the now controversial parcel on land – L.R. NO. 209/13938.