Multi-million dollar mall in Kenya is set to be demolished for road construction after the National Land Commission (NLC) rejected the title deed of the property.
The land where Taj Mall is among 70 parcels of land allocated by NLC for road expansion project along the Outering Road.
NLC chairman Muhammad Swazuri confirmed the news and said that the government compulsorily acquired the land in 1960 for the expansion of North Airport and Outer Ring Roads. He further stated that in 2013, the Kenya Urban Roads Authority asked the land commission to investigate the legality of the section of land where the mall sits.
The expansion project in Embakasi will be implemented by the Kenya Urban Roads Authority and will be executed in four phases.
The first section of the 13km road will cover the General Service Unit junction with Thika Road to Kariobangi junction. The second section will run from Kariobangi to the Kangundo Road junction, while the third section will pick up from Kangundo Road to Donholm junction. The fourth section will cover Donholm to the Eastern Bypass junction (Airport South Road).
Other than Taj Mall, Oil Libya in Embakasi, Safeway Supermarket, Jogoo Petrol Station in Outering and Gulf Energy are other businesses set to lose their premises include for the purposes of the road expansion project.
In the past, several demolitions of buildings have been carried out to pave way for road construction in the country. In November 2008, giant retailer Nakumatt supermarket in Thika Road was demolished and thereafter lost over half a billion shillings worth of stock.
The National Land Commission (NLC) is mandated to conduct research related to land and the use of natural resources, and make recommendations to appropriate authorities, to manage public land on behalf of the national and county governments, to recommend a national land policy to the national government among other things.