The Southend mall next to Lang’ata Road was on Wednesday morning demolished as the National Environmental Authority (NEMA) continued with the removal of structures erected along riparian reserves. There was heavy security presence by policemen as bulldozers destroyed the structure which is situated opposite T-Mall. A care taker of the mall, Danson Ang’ira, said the demolition was illegal and they will be seeking legal redress. He said they have all the documentation and approval from relevant authorities including NEMA, the County Government and a court order stopping any demolition .
According to NEMA, the exercise will continue until all structures on riparian reserves have been demolished. On Monday, NEMA demolished Java House, Kileleshwa alongside Shell Petrol Station that were built adjacent to Nairobi River.
Meanwhile; hundreds of tenants at Southend Mall this morning rushed to salvage their property. Many tenants said they knew nothing about the imminent demolition. Some said they received calls while asleep and had to rush to what was their source of income. Some have expressed fear of losing millions in terms of business since they stand to lose customers who frequented their shops. The mall, linked to a former legislator Stephen Manoti, hosts beauty shops, forex bureaus, chemists, and a hospital among others. In a case of outright impunity, the Nairobi River was diverted to pave way for the mall, which has been a centre of controversy, with court orders often stopping previous demolition efforts.