The cityscape of Nairobi is rapidly transforming as authorities appear to turn a blind eye to illegal constructions, including those encroaching on riparian lands. Residents wake up to poorly planned buildings, raising concerns about deteriorating living standards and environmental degradation. Despite regulations in place, areas like Kilimani witness a surge in high-rise structures far exceeding zoning restrictions.

Governor Johnson Sakaja’s administration faces legal battles with nearly 800 developers who initiated construction without approval or exceeded permitted structures. Such unauthorized developments lead to the felling of long-standing trees, irking residents like Jerotich Seii, who criticize the lack of public participation in these projects.

Residents actively oppose new developments, such as the proposed 17-storey building along the Nairobi River’s banks, highlighting the need for public consultation and adherence to zoning regulations. Stakeholders express discontent, emphasizing the negative impact of rogue developers on Nairobi’s future.

The issue extends to construction on riparian lands, prompting past demolitions and presidential directives to prosecute officials involved in permitting violations. Despite these efforts, the proliferation of illegal constructions persists, with regulatory bodies facing criticism for inadequate oversight.

Efforts to combat rogue developers include declarations of war and halting construction permits, but challenges persist. President William Ruto’s establishment of the Nairobi Rivers Commission aims to address environmental concerns, yet more comprehensive measures are necessary to curb encroachments on riparian lands and ensure sustainable urban development.

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