A building on Aerodrome road next to Nyayo Stadium is among structures that were brought down Friday morning for encroaching on Kenya Railways land.
The building that houses prime restaurant, a pharmacy, salon, boutique and a cosmetics shop is linked to a politician.
The irate business owners said they were shocked to see the dreaded green excavator known as ‘Sany’ claiming that they were not served with a vacation notice after their landlord was told to bring down the structures.
The demolition has resulted in a major traffic snarl-up on the busy road.
The Kenya Railways last September put encroachers on notice warning that their structures will be demolished.
The Acting Managing Director Philip Mainga in a statement urged all encroachers within railway reserve to vacate immediately.
“The encroachment of the Railway Reserve Land has posed several challenges to our operations. Our safety standards are compromised resulting in derailments alongside other challenges which include delays and vandalism,” he said.
Demolition of buildings on riparian land, road reserves and public land in Nairobi has left business and property owners counting losses running into millions.
High-end buildings including Southend Mall along Lang’ata Road, Taj mall on outering were brought down late last year.
4,000 buildings have been earmarked for demolition in the capital city Nairobi.