Government identifies buildings for demolition in Kisii

Demolished building in Nairobi
KISII, KENYA: Several structures are set to be demolished in Kisii town once a Government multi-agency team formed concludes its findings this month.

The demolitions are aimed at regaining the shrinking River Nyakomisaro that flows down Kisii town, taking back grabbed public land as well as preserve riparian land.

The task force includes among other officials from the National Youth Service, National Construction Authority, National Environmental Management Authority, National Building Inspectorate, Kenya Police Service, National Land Commission and County Physical Planning department.

The county government has been fighting to reclaim some of the parcels where private developers have put up structures thus interfering with natural resources by discharging raw sewage to the rivers.

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Last week, the Water Resource Authority moved in and identified the structures to be demolished as a warning of what is likely to happen in the coming days.

According to Water and Environment Executive Dr. Skitter Ocharo, the notice issued early this year to the affected private developers had elapsed.

“We have had issues with the shrinking land in Kisii but this should never be an excuse to interfere with our natural resources and the environment. It is unfortunate that people living downstream and using contaminated water have been exposed to risks of water-borne diseases,” said Dr. Ocharo.

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