Uproar After Nairobi County Officers Beaten Up While Inspecting Construction Site

A Nairobi enforcement officer sustains injuries on both his legs
A Nairobi County enforcement officer sustains injuries on both his legs
Robert Alai

Kileleshwa member of the County Assembly Robert Alai has demanded the arrest of individuals he claims attacked Nairobi County Enforcement officers during an inspection drive at a construction site.

In a stern call-to-action statement he shared with Kenyans.co.ke on Monday, February 26, the outspoken politician condemned the attack noting that approximately 20 youths descended on the officers.

Photos revealed that the injuries were severe, with some victims requiring plaster casts on both legs.

Another photo showed a woman who had been attacked and her hair pulled out exposing her scalp.

Kileleshwa MCA Robert Alai in a photo taken  on June 10, 2022
Kileleshwa MCA Robert Alai in a photo taken on June 10, 2022
Robert Alai

"The perpetrators of these vile acts must be apprehended and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. I demand immediate justice for the victims," stated Alai.

"Furthermore, I demand that the suspect construction site be immediately closed, and all building activity suspended pending a complete and thorough investigation. The alleged actions on this site raise serious questions about whether criminals are operating under the guise of legitimate development in Nairobi."

Reports indicate that the parcel, intended to host an apartment block, is legally owned by the government.

"This incident highlights the urgent need for reform and accountability within Nairobi City County's governance," he added.

Our attempts to obtain a comment from the Nairobi County Government regarding the attack were unsuccessful and as such, we are yet to receive a response by the time of publishing this story.

The area in question has been on the radar following protests by South C residents, on January 31 this year, who accused the Nairobi County Government and the National Environment Management Authority of approving the construction of substandard buildings.

They argued that the upcoming buildings in the neighbouring blocks posed risks to their lives and those of their children.

For instance, a neighbour lamented in January that blocks from the building which is under construction fell onto his property causing damages. Luckily, no lives were lost.

A map showing South C area of Nairobi
A map showing South C area of Nairobi.
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