Workers at a construction site along Nairobi’s 3rd Parklands Avenue on Monday fled when NMS Director General Mohammed Badi arrived dressed in military gear to reclaim the land.
Badi, who was accompanied by area MCA Jayendra Malde, Westlands MP Timothy Wanyonyi and a contingent of police arrived at the site and stopped construction works.
The foundations for the building had already been done and work on concrete pillars was ongoing for proposed high-rise flats. Badi said a public hospital will be put up on the land. Last week, the Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) pledged to construct 24 fully functional hospitals in informal settlements.
“In my next 100 days, I intend to achieve building 24 fully functional hospitals in Nairobi’s informal settlements,” said the Director General, who has been credited for transforming the city’s look in the first three months.
NMS is a department under the Office of the President, with enormous resources to modernise the city.
Badi said his team is also racing to complete 100 boreholes each with a pump to ensure 24-hour delivery of water people in need, particularly in the informal settlements.
He asked Nairobi residents to be calm, because “there are a lot of good things coming”
The NMS DG last month told members of Nairobi County Assembly that he wants to focus on developing the city’s informal settlement areas.
“I will first start with that mwananchi who is suffering by bringing change in all informal settlements in Nairobi to make sure life changes there so that they can feel like the rest of the residents,” Badi told MCAs last month.
He also asked the MCAs to share a list of priority projects in their wards, assuring that no ward will be neglected.