South End Mall was on Wednesday morning brought down in the ongoing demolitions said to be targeting properties that are illegally sitting on riparian land. As usual there was heavy police presence in the area during the demolitions to ensure nobody tampered with the activity.
The mall is said to be a cause of flooding during rainy seasons around Nairobi West, South C and the entire Lang’ata area. The building which is owned by former Bobasi Member of Parliament Stephen Manoti has been the center of controversies and disagreements between the owner and the National Environment Management Authority (Nema).
Nema has been ordering for the demolition of the property said to be worth billions but Mr. Manoti on the other hand has been preventing that through numerous court orders with the latest being one he managed to get last year, 2017.
The former MP claims to have all the necessary approvals from the right bodies including Nema itself. However with all that said and done, it seems like Manoti will just have to sit back and count his losses.
On Monday Morning Java House and Shell Petrol Station Kileleshwa were also brought down as they were said to be on riparian land as well.