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National Environment Management Authority is now denying any reports linking them to demolitions of buildings on riparian land.

NEMA states that the demolition of Java House Kileleshwa, South End Mall among other structures was also not authorised by the Water Resources Authority was indicated earlier.

This was said on Thursday when they appeared before the Parliamentary Committee on Environment and Natural Resources

These revelations have sparked outrage with the House committee demanding that those who authorized construction of buildings on riparian land be investigated and prosecuted.

“The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) and the DPP must investigate and prosecuted officials found culpable,” Mbiuki said. Tharaka Nithi MP Kareke Mbiuki, who is also the committee chairman, demanded that State agencies take responsibility for issuing licenses against the law.

This comes after the management of Ukay Centre produced letters from NEMA and WRA approving canalisation of River Kibarage.

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines canalization as creation of a system of water channels.

In this case, Ukay Centre canalized the river before construction of buildings adjacent to it.

Buildings near River Kibarage such as Nakumatt Ukay had been reportedly earmarked for demolition with the owners saying that tenants had started moving out in fear of losing their businesses.

“If you go to Ukay Centre, Nakumatt Ukay is closed. Tenants are leaving. I was going to collapse here. Let the media know we are being taken round and round,” one of the owners told the House team.