Kiambu Senator Kimani Wamatangi’s car bazaar, car wash and other structures near Nyayo National Stadium, Nairobi, were flattened today.
The demolition is the first one this year after the wave of demolition of buildings on riparian or grabbed land that swept the city by storm in 2018.
Wamatangi’s structure; a car wash and carpet-cleaning area is a few metres from Aerodrome Road and the railway line.
He has since not commented on the matter.
The demolitions that extended to Prime Place Restaurant and other adjacent structures targeted facilities on Railway land, police said.
Some tenants claimed they had not received vacation notices. Authorities, however, dismissed them and said they were served in 2018.
A contingent of police officers was deployed to oversee the early morning operation that slowed traffic on the busy Lang’ata Road.
In January, Public Works, Housing and Infrastructure PS Paul Maringa decried the rise of buildings on road and railway reserves.
'' Out of the total number of houses audited, 57 which were condemned have been demolished and another 7,300 which have been put up in road reserves and railway reserves will also be brought down,” he told a meeting on safety buildings.
He said that the government will not only demolish such structures but also prosecute their owners.