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Taj Mall spruced up ahead of demolition – PHOTOS

The owners of Air Gate Mall, formerly known as Taj Mall, continued with their show of defiance even after the building was earmarked for demolition this week.

The building was allegedly built on a road reserve and has been earmarked for demolition after the expiry of an August 30 deadline for tenants to vacate the building.

A visit by Nairobi News at the premise on Tuesday revealed that workers were kept busy with cleaning corridors, marking parking lines and sweeping dirt.

PHOTO | FRANCIS NDERITU
PHOTO | FRANCIS NDERITU

Gardeners were tending to flowers, while others cleaned inside of the mall.

Some claimed they were told the shopping mall will be reopening soon.

“We had around 120 employees working as gardeners, cleaners, security and office administration for the day to day running of the mall but now since the demolition matter began we have had to reduce the workforce to just barely 40 employees,” mall manager Amos Mogire told Nairobi News.

PHOTO | FRANCIS NDERITU
PHOTO | FRANCIS NDERITU

The sprucing comes a day after the National Lands Commission (NLC) refuted reports that it upheld the titles of the land on which Taj Mall sits.