15 August 2018

Kenya: Sonko Suspends Top Official Who Approved Shopping Mall Built on Riparian Land

The hunt for City Hall officials who irregularly approved structures on riparian claimed its first victim in on Tuesday.

Governor Mike Sonko has suspended John Ojwang', a top official in the county's Urban Planning Department, for his role in the approval of buildings on riparian land.

The suspension follows preliminary investigations ordered by Governor Sonko to hold to account county staff responsible for the irregular approvals.

According to a statement sent to newsrooms by the governor's director of communication Elkana Jacob, it is alleged that Mr Ojwang' was responsible for granting permission for the construction of South End Mall along Lang'ata Road-Mbagathi Way junction.

He also approved the construction of Gem Suites in Riverside Estate.

The county government however noted that most of the illegal approvals were given in the 1980s and 1990s mainly by staff who have since retired or left City Hall.

"Nairobi City County Government has today suspended John Ojwang, an employee in the Urban Planning Department for his role in the approval of buildings on riparian land," read in part the statement.

The officer has since been issued with a 14-day notice to show cause why disciplinary action should not be taken against him, including termination of his employment.


Al-Shabaab Remains Major Security Threat to the Country

The Somalia-based Al-Shabaab militant group remains a potent threat to security in the region, although its capacity to… Read more »

See What Everyone is Watching

Copyright © 2018 Nairobi News. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 600 reports a day from more than 140 news organizations and over 500 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.