Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu is now a laughing stock after he asked the government to move rivers instead of demolishing buildings.
In a video clip doing rounds on social media, Waititu said the government should find a way to move the rivers and make those who have properties on riparian land foot the bill.
Ferdinand Waititu: Instead of bringing down the buildings, the owners should be made to divert the river –at their cost 😅😂 pic.twitter.com/XwSPbzuNot
— Augustine Sang 🇰🇪 (@Sang_254) August 13, 2018
In the video, the Kiambu Governor says he is not in support of the demolitions as it is a great loss to the economy.
” If your house is on riparian land you should be asked to foot the bill to have the river moved. Demolishing of buildings is not a solution” Waititu says in the now viral clip .
” Let say a piece of land had a river passing through it,There was no riparian policy back then, the title deed belonged to one person and a person who purchases the plot was not informed that the riparian land belongs to the government. The 30 metre riparian rule was introduced during late hon Michuki’s tenure as the minister of environment” Waititu added.
The government has been demolishing properties lying on riparian land with the latest one being the Visa Oshwal centre in Westlands.
So far 4 businesses have suffered in the demolitions i.e. Shell petrol station and Java outlet in Kileleshwa, South End mall in Lang’ata, Ukay Centre and Visa Oshwal Centre in Westlands.