National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) allowed Deputy President William Ruto’s Weston Hotel to extend its sister Hotel (Dolphin Hotel’s) construction into the Indian Ocean, a search on the agency’s web portal has revealed.
The environmental agency literally allowed the Hotel to encroach on sea land.
The proposed extension was also approved by the environment watchdog under the application number NEMA/EIA/PSR/6347.
Government authorities on Friday swung into action to inspect the construction of the hotel a day after attack and arrest of Nation journalists who were covering the alleged land grabbing.
The Mombasa County government and Nema were also put on the spot for failing to act on sea reclamation near the hotel and complaints of blocking of a beach access road.
Four police officers have been guarding the site operating in shifts of two.
Weston Hotel, which made the said application, is owned by Deputy President William Ruto, who has been on the spot for building it on land belonging to the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority.
KCAA executive director Gilbert Kibe said the plot on Langata Road in Nairobi is among hundreds of parcels that it wants to reclaim..
The owners of Dolphin Hotel have been accused of flouting building regulations and Muslims for Human Rights group (MUHURI) has warned that it will seek court orders to stop the construction.
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