The National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) is conducting demolitions on a Java House outlet and Shell Fuel station at Kileleshwa, Nairobi.
The demolition exercise began as early as 5.30 am Monday morning. The demolitions come as NEMA moves in to reclaim riparian land in Nairobi.
A Multi agency taskforce comprising of NEMA, KURA and Nairobi County Government said efforts to bring down illegal structures in Nairobi will continue especially on buildings located within rivers.
Java has responded on its social media pages saying their the situation will not incovenience operations at their other outlets across the city.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, our Java Kileleshwa branch will remain closed until further notice. You can still enjoy your daily Java at neighboring branches on Lenana Road and Hurlingham.
— Java House (@javahouseafrica) August 6, 2018
NEMA officials said that the buildings had been built on a road reserve and encroached on riparian land. The government agency said that they had issued a three month’s-notice and another seven day notice to the tenants to vacate but they did not obey the orders.
Tenants of the buildings located along arboretum drive however said they were not given ample time to move and have faulted the demolition exercise for being ‘inhumane.’