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MP’s building faces demolition near T-Mall

According to Executive Committee Member in Charge of Urban Development and Planning Tom Odongo the building is constructed less than two metres from a nearby river instead of being six metres away/FILE

According to Executive Committee Member in Charge of Urban Development and Planning Tom Odongo the building is constructed less than two metres from a nearby river instead of being six metres away/FILE

NAIROBI, Kenya, May 26 – Bobasi MP Stephen Manoti is likely to lose millions of shillings if the County of Nairobi implements its plan to bring down his five-storey building near the T-Mall roundabout.

According to Executive Committee Member in Charge of Urban Development and Planning Tom Odongo the building is constructed less than two metres from a nearby river instead of being six metres away.

“The distance between the building line and the embankment is actually less than two metres,” he explained.

In defence, the MP argued that he has two buildings under construction in the area following approval from the County Government.

He argued that the five-storey building was being constructed away from the river.

He did not however comment if he had observed the six-metre distance required from the river.

Odongo further said the flow of the river was diverted for Manoti to construct the second building.

Though he said Manoti’s got approval, Odongo accused him of failing to observe the conditions given to him when he started the construction.

“The approval can be given but the implementation must also comply, we are not everywhere to police every developer,” he stated.

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He warned that the two buildings will be brought down to allow the river to flow naturally if the MP fails to follow the regulations set out.

“What we have been doing since we started building audit is that we do assessment and we give you solutions, it is up to you, you don’t take the solutions then you are leaving us with only one option that we must pull down whatever is there,” he asserted.

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