NEMA destroys Atul Shah’s Nakumatt Ukay Mall

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The government is not relenting on the fight in reclaiming riparian land which has been grabbed by developers in Nairobi. The most recent victim of demolition is Ukay Centre in Westlands that was brought down today in the morning after the owners of the building lost a bid to stops its demolition.

This comes in the wake of a series of demolitions of high end structures that include Java and Shell petrol Station in Kileleshwa. The operation at the Ukay Centre however almost turned tragic after the driver of the bulldozer narrowly escaped death when part of the building fell on the machine. He was lucky as he had opened one of the doors that he managed to escape.

Nakumatt’s former Chief Executive Officer Atul Shah

Ukay Centre which partly sits on riparian land has been at the center of discussions. Tenants on receiving wind that the building would be demolished started evacuating their properties to avoid loses as witnessed in other business premises. The owners however called upon the government to halt the plans to demolish as it would lead to the loss of 300 jobs.

President Kenyatta however assured the county government under the leadership of Governor Sonko of his support from the national government to reclaim the lost glory of Nairobi city and the ongoing demolitions on illegal structures. He also said government officials involved in issuing approvals and permits to illegal structures will face the law.

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