President Uhuru Kenyatta has ordered for the arrest and prosecution of government officials who approved the construction of buildings set up on riparian and any other irregularly acquired land.
Speaking in Nairobi on Thursday, Mr. Kenyatta said the government will not only continue demolishing structures lying on illegal lands, but will also go after public officers who sanctioned the illegal constructions.
“We are now in the process of demolishing properties that have been build on riparian land along our riverbeds; a scenario that has resulted in flooding and other issues that make Nairobi uncomfortable to its own residents,” said the president.
“But equally, we are not going to just punish those who built. I want to assure you that we are going after all those who issued those permits. Those ones will be prosecuted… Be they county officials, lands officials or NEMA officials, they will be prosecuted because they are equally to fault as those who build.”
The president was speaking during the inauguration of the 29-story Prism Towers in Upperhill, Nairobi.
Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko, who was also at the event, said the ongoing demolitions spearheaded by his administration will continue in a bid to reclaim riparian land as well as all other irregularly acquired public lands including road reserves.
“We shall continue taking action against buildings that flout planning laws including those that have been built on riparian land. We are also going after grabbed land that has been set aside for public utilities including markets, schools, hospitals and playgrounds,” said Sonko.
Meanwhile, the National Environment Management Authority has denied reports linking them to the recent demolitions of buildings on riparian land.