Demolitions to protect Nairobi river spark rows


By REUTERS
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For decades the Nairobi River has been besieged by the construction of buildings teetering perilously over its banks, bringing pollution, blockages and floods to the waterway that runs through the capital.

The government is taking bulldozers to the problem. A demolition campaign begun this month that has levelled shopping malls, a petrol station and a coffee shop in Nairobi, to the horror of businesspeople who insist that official permits prove their buildings are legal.

President Uhuru Kenyatta’s spokeswoman Kanze Dena said such permits had no legal force, citing widespread corruption.

“It’s very clear that riparian (riverbank) land is land that is not supposed to have any buildings on it,” Dena told Reuters.

“If that land was given away it was done so in a…

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