Most buildings in Kenyan capital Nairobi to be demolished due to irregularities

Most buildings in Kenyan capital Nairobi to be demolished due to irregularities

Most buildings in Kenyan capital Nairobi could be demolished over irregularities, the County government has said. The buildings totaling about 50,000 failed to seek City Hall’s construction approval.

The owners of the buildings in Kenyan capital Nairobi were given a time frame of one month for them to seek approval permits following the expiry of the six-month period given by the Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero.

In the last nine months, the Nairobi County government has approved building plans worth US$ 1.6bn after the passing of the Regularization of Developments Bill by the county assembly.

The decision of passing the bill in September 2015 was decided upon after several buildings in the city collapsed due to poor construction mechanisms.

“The six-month period is ending next month. So developers who have not regularized their buildings in Kenyan capital Nairobi should hurry or they will face the consequences,” Director of Public Communication Beryl Okundi said.

Dr. Kidero pointed out that about 300 plans, representing 50 per cent of the remaining structures, have been submitted to the county for evaluation and will be granted regularization approval in the next few weeks.

He also pointed out that all prospective developers are required to own a title deed before their building plans are approved.

The new law now allows holders of shared certificates to acquire building permits, provided an audit by the county on the structures is done and it deems them fit for occupation.

According to statistics released by the city planning department show that most plans in 2015 were approved in September last year.

The Nairobi County government aims to provide affordable, accessible and sustainable quality services that enhance community participation and creating a secure climate for political, social and economic development through the commitment of a motivated and dedicated team.

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