Blunder Set to Cost Tycoons Ksh20B Project Land

  • Artistic representation of The Pinnacle Tower launched in 2017.
    Artistic representation of The Pinnacle Tower launched in 2017.
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  • Tycoons behind a project valued at Ksh20 billion in Nairobi's Upper Hill area risk losing their parcel of land over an environmental blunder.

    The National Construction Authority (NCA) has issued the company behind the construction of The Pinnacle Tower a 14-day ultimatum to restore environmental safety or forfeit the land.

    This is after numerous complaints emerged that the three-year project which was launched by President Uhuru Kenyatta in 2017 was hazardous to neighbouring estates.

    "The authority will also recommend the necessary remedial action to be undertaken by the government at the developer's cost and repossession of the land in line with the conditions of the title," read a notice from NCA according to Business Daily.

    A ditch dug in Upper Hill in 2017 at the Pinnacle Tower construction site.
    A ditch dug in Upper Hill in 2017 at the Pinnacle Tower construction site.
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    The woes began after Ugandan Businessman James Mugoya, through Kingorani Investments, filed a suit halting the project in 2017 over trespass citing equipment and debris.

    In September, complaints were also raised regarding a gaping hole that lays idle at the site of construction with residents claiming that it possess danger.

    Occupants of adjacent buildings complained that the abandoned site was increasingly affecting their structures with some buildings allegedly developing cracks.

    The foundation of the project was laid in 2017 by the head of state and its construction had been scheduled to be completed in 2019.

    The gaping hole had been constructed to fit a four-floor basement that had been filled by water with unfenced section of the site posing environmental danger.

    According to its plan, the lower floors of the 45-floor tower were expected to be occupied by entertainment facilities.

    One arm of the tower was also expected to host Hilton Hotel while the other provide apartments and office spaces.

    During its launch, the head of state had hailed the project explaining that it was poised to change Nairobi City skyline as well as create job opportunities.

    An overview of the Upperhill and Mbagathi road.
    An overview of the Upperhill and Mbagathi road.
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