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Kidero puts investors, county staff on notice over grabbing

Private developers have been warned against colluding with Nairobi county officials to grab public land.

This comes in the wake of claims that investors occupying land without title deeds have become easy targets of the racket.

Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero said on Sunday that they are investigating reports that a parcel of land which belongs to Lang’ata Primary School had been grabbed.

“Many schools in this county were excised illegally. We have made presentations to the National Land Commission (NLC) and all grabbed or illegally subdivided land must be returned,” said Dr Kidero.

Activists are planning to demonstrate on the disputed land today to force the developer to return the disputed land to Lang’ata Primary School.

At the same time, Dr Kidero warned county officials involved in irregular allocation and approval of buildings that they would not be spared.

“We will take action against county officers who fail to inspect the buildings as required,” the governor said after attending a service at Christian Fountain Fellowship Church in Nairobi.

‘NO MERCY’

He asked investors who have constructed buildings without approval to voluntarily inform the county government for appropriate advice.

“We have asked them to do a self-declaration. In the meantime, there is no mercy. Any building that does not meet the set threshold must come down,” said the governor.

He said county officials were examining all city buildings and marking those that should be demolished for flouting the rules.

Dr Kidero said more buildings declared unfit for human habitation in Babadogo and Embakasi would be demolished.

He said a Bill seeking to firmly deal with the problem of illegal construction was before the Nairobi County Assembly.

This comes just weeks after five people died and others were seriously injured when a building collapsed in Huruma, barely days after another collapsed in Makadara.