Demolition of Grand Manor Hotel in Gigiri kicks off

Written By: Beth Nyaga
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Demolition of Grand Manor Hotel in Gigiri kicks off
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The demolition of Grand Manor hotel in Gigiri started on Thursday morning following a court order obtained by the Nairobi County Government.

According to officials at City Hall, the building was erected without proper approval.

Despite a drawn-out court battle, officials insist that it poses a security threat to the neighboring United Nations offices and the U.S. Embassy in Gigiri.

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On its left, is the High Commission of Botswana and on the right is the Embassy of Morocco.

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The hotel is owned by businessman Praful Kumar, who was recently charged for trying to bribe Governor Mike Sonko, following accusations that it had no approvals from authorities.

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The businessman was arraigned at a Mombasa court and charged with three counts of giving a bribe.

He denied the charges and was released on a Ksh.1million bond.

Businessman Praful Kumar had put up a spirited fight to save the property.

In 2015, complaints were filed by the Gigiri Village Association concerning the hotel.

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They claimed that the building violated physical planning regulations for the low-density estate.

According to them, the up market Gigiri area only accords residents low residential, one-family houses.

In his Jamhuri Day address at the Nyayo National Stadium, Sonko vowed to bring down any property put illegally anywhere in the county.

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