Police urge parties aggrieved by demolition saga to file complains

A bulldozer during the demolitions at Nakumatt Ukay. PHOTO COURTESY

Nairobi,KENYA:Complaints related to the demolition of structures along Nairobi river regeneration should be directed to the director of criminal investigation headquarters in Nairobi.

In a media briefing in Nairobi on Friday, the police Spokesman Charles Owino urged the aggrieved parties affected in the ongoing demolition and other earmarked buildings to present their documents to the DCI so as to help in ascertaining the authenticity of their projects.

“Shareholders of the said buildings have maintained that requisite approvals were granted by relevant government agencies before the commencement of the construction of their buildings. Following this concern , the Director of criminal investigation has opened a special desk at the DCI Headquarters along Kiambu Road to register the concerns of those affected by the ongoing demolitions .”Owino said

The spokesman said that there might be instances where some innocent Kenyans might have been duped in the whole issue while others might have developed their structures with impunity, being aware that they were building structures along public reserves.

The police also urged Kenyans anticipating in building structures and feel that their buildings may be along riparian land to present their documents to the DCI headquarters too.

“Equally proprietors of the building that have not been marked for demolition and are of the opinion that their buildings and or structures are built on the riparian land should present their documents and land titles the desk at DCI headquarters. “He added

Owino pointed out that the demolition exercise will go on as planned even though millions of money will be lost, it will be a wake-up call for Kenyans to uphold not only the law but morals in the society.

President Uhuru Kenyatta indicated that the government will not relent its bid to demolish illegal structures insisting that those who Okayed such projects the government will deal with them firmly.

The multiagency task force of Nairobi regeneration has been demolishing structures along riparian land including Shell petrol station Kileleshwa, Southend Mall along Langata road and Nakumatt  Ukay mall in Westlands which was flattened on Friday morning.