The demolitions of buildings built on riparian land has been going on for a while and that has elicited remarks from both the public and some of our lawmakers. Riparian land according to Article 67 on the constitution is public land and ought not to be allocated to anyone and on the other hand according to Article 62 all land between high and low water marks are public lands.
It seems Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu was not opposing the ongoing demolitions for no reason. On Sunday, the Kiambu Governor made comments about the ongoing demolitions and netizens were quick to criticize him over his remarks. Others were quick to note that the lawmaker was making the remarks since he had buildings constructed on riparian land and was avoiding the law from catching u with him.
Apparently Waititu had lands erected on riparian land and more specific an eight storey building registered under his wife. However for not observing the set laws the government decided to demolish buildings that had been constructed on riparian land among them Java house along Kileleshwa Road and South End Mall that was along Lang’ata Road and aimed at rehabilitating the public land.
Ferdinand Waititu’s wife was arrested with fourteen other people and detained at City Hall cells on Wednesday 15th. The eight storey building which stands along Koinange street is what led to Waititu’s wife being arrested and plans are underway for it’s demolition as per the buildings constructed on Riparian land.