Over 4,000 houses in Nairobi will be demolished to save Nairobi River – NEMA says as UHURU gives them a go ahead

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Tuesday August 7, 2018 - The National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) has said over 4,000 houses will be demolished to save Nairobi River.

In a statement issued by a team appointed by President Uhuru Kenyatta to lead the clean up exercise, the agency said they will demolish the houses because they are constructed on riparian land along the Nairobi River banks and its tributaries.

Nairobi Central Business District Chief, Julius Wanjau, who is in charge of the operation, said the owners of the buildings had been issued with three months and extra seven days notices to vacate.

“We are going to continue with demolitions until we reach the National Museum.”

“Then we will move to Gikomba, Ruai and Nairobi West," Wanjau said.

Wanjau acknowledged that bribery was the major challenge he, and his officers, face in executing the demolition order.

"I am being called by strange numbers telling me to stop this exercise so that we can talk.”

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