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NEMA To Destroy Hundreds of Homes in September

NEMA To Destroy Hundreds of Homes in September 

It what seems to be an upsurge in the cleaning up of Nairobi program, The National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) has identified hundreds of properties in Nairobi for demolition in September, 2020.

The demolition exercise to clear the Nairobi River and its tributaries of illegal structures has been ongoing in Nairobi under the Nairobi Regeneration Initiative.

We urge all those who have encroached on the riparian reserves in contravention of the Environment Management and Coordination Act (EMCA) to move back to the legal setback distance stipulated in law or/as stated, as a condition in the EIA licence where this has been issued. This activity will continue for facilities where the notices issued have lapsed and at a cost to the proponent of these structures.

However, the recent announcement is sure to get a lot of property owners unawares.

At least 140 companies and institutions are set to be affected by the move as the authority cracks down on illegal discharges into the Nairobi River and properties put up in riparian land.

The newly appointed NEMA Director-General Mamo Boru Mamo noted the enforcement actions will concentrate on previously identified discharge points and new sources of pollution.

Properties set to be affected are situated in Dagoretti, Kabete, Kileleshwa, James Gichuru, Museum Road, Globe Cinema, Ngara, Kariokor, Gikomba and Dandora areas of the city.

As a sign of the seriousness of the matter, over the past weeks, a number of property owners have been arrested for going against environmental laws

This is sure to cause a lot of problems in the earmarked areas. The last time NEMA tried to demolish homes, there were riots in those areas.

Police in Nairobi on Friday reportedly used water cannons, tear gas and live ammunition on demonstrators after they took to the streets to protest the demolition of houses and shops earlier this week that left thousands homeless.

The protests erupted in the Korogocho slum and quickly spread to the ring road that connects it with the rest of Kenya’s capital. Demonstrators set fire to tires and built barricades in the streets, prompting the police response.

What is certain is that the new team at NEMA will get the support of Nairobians who are tired of the current dirty state in the city. As long as the demolitions are done fairly and legally, NEMA should expect big support from the users of Nairobi River and it’s environs.

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