- Kenyans.co.ke/ Maxon Airo
A photo shared widely on various social media platforms indicating that the landmark building at Overseas Trading Company (OTC) along Ronald Ngala street had been opened were misleading.
A fact check done by Kenyans.co.ke on Wednesday, February 1, indicated that the building had not been opened.
A spot check by Kenyans.co.ke showed that the building was still partly covered by the safety net, contrary to reports that it had been completely removed.
Further, It was observed that the construction process was at an advanced stage which included paint works and internal finishings.The photo of the OTC building along Ronald Ngala street in Nairobi captured on Friday, February 24, 2023.Ken Aseka/ Kenyans.co.ke
With the partial removal of the safety net, the developers of the building had even started running adverts to attract traders.
"They have finally removed the net on the famous OTC building," one social media user stated.
"When I return to Nairobi, I would get lost easily," another social media user wrote.
However, the photo of the widely circulated building was taken in Kampala, Uganda. The building in the said photo was set up at a location that Pioneer Mall previously occupied.
Just like the OTC building, which is yet to be opened, the new building in Uganda has shops and restaurants changing Kampala's face.
The striking similarities between the two buildings are their location inside Central Business District and a safety net that also covered Uganda's building.
The two buildings also have similar architectural designs confusing most Nairobi residents.
According to Afrosam TV, a travel Ugandan vlog, the new building with striking similarities to OTC building, changed the face of Kampala.
"If you are looking for a shopping spree in Kampala,then you should definitely check out the new Pioneer Mall. This mall has completely changed the face of the city," Afrosam TV stated on their youtube channel.
The building turned out to be a landmark in Nairobi for taking over 10 years to complete the construction process. It is synonymous with Eastlands residents and those travelling upcountry using the Machakos Bus terminal.
Despite attracting mixed reactions for its delayed construction period, the landmark building stands out as a centre of direction for newcomers in the city.
It was approved after the iconic Jack and Jill Supermarket was demolished.The photo of the OTC building along Ronald Ngala street in Nairobi captured on Friday, February 24, 2023.Ken Aseka/ Kenyans.co.ke
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