In Summary:
– Mrs Ngilu further ordered the developers, Kisumu based Shiloah Investments to stop any construction works on the proposed site.
– The project was to cater for an estimated 2,000 people who the developers anticipate will be visiting the mall everyday.
– Compared with malls in Europe the malls in East Africa (Kenya in this case) has a very small number of visitors compared with malls of same size. Like Aalborg Storcenter, i Aalborg Denmark, which is 49.000 Square meter, it has an average of about 20.000 visitors every day with 2.400 free parking spaces around the mall. No wonder Malls in East Africa,can not hold stores/shop that can sell affordable things for lower income customers

The National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA) is on a collision course with the Lands Ministry over the proposed construction of a Sh430 million mall in Nairobi’s upmarket Kitisuru area.

This follows NEMA’s decision to invite members of the public to give their views on the construction of the mall against advice from suspended Lands Cabinet Secretary Charity Ngilu that the project be stopped altogether.

In an advertisement published on June 15, NEMA Director General Prof Geoffrey Wahungu invited members of the public and other stakeholders to attend a public hearing set for Thursday to give their views on the proposed construction.

The directive contradicts an order given by Mrs Ngilu asking NEMA to withdraw any licences or approvals for the construction of the mall.

In her letter to Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero dated September 11, last year, Mrs Ngilu further ordered the developers, Kisumu based Shiloah Investments to stop any construction works on the proposed site because they had not complied with several regulations.

NGILU’S DIRECTIVE

“It is apparent that the requisite procedures and regulations pertaining to approval of development applications have not been complied with,” Mrs Ngilu stated.

“In view of the foregoing observations, we advise that the proposed development be stopped if it has already been approved by your government,” she stated.

“NEMA and WRMA be advised to withdraw their licenses and any approvals they may have granted the developer following the EIA (Environmental Impact Assessment) process in view of the aforementioned lapses and concerns with regard to the unprocedural approach in handling the development application,” she added.

Mrs Ngilu’s directive followed complaints from area residents who are opposed to the construction of the mall on a 3.6-acre piece of land targeting wealthy and middle-income residents of the area.

Shiloah Investments had planned to build a 49,136 square metres mall housing banks, food and beverage courts, office space, automotive shops and 809 parking spaces.

Regulatory filings by the developers show that they planned to expand the road and construct underpasses and bus stops.

The project was to cater for an estimated 2,000 people who the developers anticipate will be visiting the mall everyday once it opened for business.