Nairobi city council has embarked on a scheme to demolish all substandard and illegally constructed buildings in the city. The plan was underlined by the minister for local environment Musalia Mudavadi as he visited the scene of the latest building to collapse, in Langata in the south of the city, which injured six people. The incident came just days after the collapse of a six-storey building under construction in Embakasi, which killed four people and injured eight.

The council is facing difficulty enforcing the new policy. Following heated exchanges with several landlords and developers in Pipeline in Embakasi, the council, backed up by armed police, was forced to abandon its demolition survey in the traditionally better-off district in the south-east of the city. Meanwhile in Eastlands, a mixed-income area south of the centre, gangs refused to permit access to the council into illegal buildings.

An increasing demand for urban residential and commercial housing in the city has led to an unprecedented construction boom but the building sector is poorly regulated.

The demolition of the city

SHARE
Wanted in Africa
Wanted in Africa
Wanted in Africa, part of the Wanted Worldwide network, is a website in English for expatriates in Africa established in 2006. We cover Europe's news stories that may be of interest to English speaking residents along with tourists as well. Our publication also offers classifieds, photos, information on events, museums, churches, galleries, exhibits, fashion, food, and local travel.
67528
Previous article Experimental bio-diesel refinery for Accra
Next article Turkish Airline fly to Dar es Salaam