Kayole’s photoshopped building demolished, owner arrested
Nairobi county government on Friday morning demolished a building which was under construction in Kayole without proper documents and the owner arrested.
Caroline Wanjiru was arrested on Friday morning by County Government officials and through a Facebook post, Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko promised to ensure the building is brought down before lives are lost.
“This morning a multi-agency team led by City Hall officials arrested owner of a condemned 7-storey building in Kayole for building without approvals and ignoring a demolition notice,” Sonko said.
He added that his administration will sit back and watch innocent Kenyans trapped in collapsed buildings because of corruption.
“As promised my administration cannot sit back and watch innocent Kenyans trapped in collapsed buildings because of one or two individuals who have been compromised,” he said.
The Nairobi county government had ordered the demolition of the seven-storey building along Kayole Spine Road, Nairobi.
A photo of the building at Bee Centre, Umoja was widely shared on social media after someone ‘added’ two more floors on it and posted it online.
According to a demolition notice dated November 9, the owner was ordered by City Hall to bring it down and was also asked to submit the structural integrity report on the same within seven days.
According to the multi-agency team that earmarks illegal structures in Nairobi, there are 2,000 structures that were earmarked in July and given notice.
The chairman of the multi-agency Mr Julius Wanjau said that out of the 2,000 buildings, 1,000 had been flattened by his team and through voluntary initiatives.