The demolition of buildings believed to be consuming lands set aside for construction of roads and other government projects is still ongoing and today, Nema took it to Kileleshwa. Java house was earlier on today (Monday) brought down by Nema officials in an effort to reclaim riparian land.
[VIDEO] Shell & Java restaurant, Kileleshwa demolished by NEMA for encroaching on riparian land. pic.twitter.com/sc39xnbxpt
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Shell Petrol Kileleshwa station located just next to the coffee house is also likely to be affected as well. There was heavy traffic snarl up along Ring road Kileleshwa as the demolishing was going on with heavy security deployed around the area to make sure it all went down successfully.
The demolitions seem to have caught many unawares especially the employees of the affected businesses even as Nema came forward to clear themselves stating that they had given a three months’ notice. The road that is expected to be constructed on the land will connect Ngong Road to Lang’ata Road via Kibera.
The upcoming road also saw thousands of families from Kibera Slums left homeless after their homes were also demolished earlier on.
What is Riparian Land?
A riparian zone or riparian area is the interface between land and a river or stream.Riparian is also the proper nomenclature for one of the fifteen terrestrial biomes of the earth. Plant habitats and communities along the river margins and banks are called riparian vegetation, characterized by hydrophilic plants.
Meanwhile many Kenyans online continued to express their displeasure with some of those demolitions with some question where Nema was when this buildings were being approved for construction. Others also believe there are may other establishments on reparian land that we should see come down. This includes Nakumatt Ukay, Two rivers and Taj Mall.