I followed due process, Seefar Apartments developer says
3 weeks ago, 20:52
The developer of Seefar Apartments has said he followed due process during the construction of the housing blocks in 2011.
John Yang Zeyung told journalists the notice to demolish the apartments is shocking and strange.
The developer spoke on Thursday during a tour of the apartments by the National Assembly's Environment Committee.
In a notice to Edermann Property last Friday, the National Environment Management Authority and the Water Resources Management Authority said Seefar sits on Nairobi Dam's riparian reserve.
"As the developers, we are shocked by the order. We have all the licences and the one from Nema has a seal. We have not broken any law. This will soon be justified by the National Assembly's Environment Committee which is doing an assessment," Zeyung said.
He said the building is more than 100m away from the riparian area.
The Environment Committee chaired by Maara MP Kareke Mbiuki went on a fact-finding mission.
"In as much as we have to protect property developers, we have to appreciate that things are not looking good here. We have an ambitious plan of providing affordable housing to Kenyans but we have to factor in the safety," Mbiuki said.
The MP said it is still early to draw a conclusion. He said various agencies will look into the technical aspects and give the way forward. Mbiuki appealed for patience.
Speaking separately, Nairobi governor Mike Sonko said a team of surveyors will visit the site to do an analysis.
"We are not malicious, we have to protect investors. Neither do we want to destroy our economy. However, the law cannot be applied selectively. If there is a breach, the building will be brought down," Sonko said during an event at Maji House on Thursday.
The House committee will meet with the Nairobi Regeneration team that includes Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala and Sonko on Thursday next week.
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