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Daily Nation : February 10th 2014
DAILY NATION Monday February 10, 2014 RESUME | Construction of Hazina Trade Centre was stopped by Kambi over suspect tenders Building of NSSF complex resumes Minister had stopped work on the centre before he cancelled the tender BY OUMA WANZALA @iwanzala firstname.lastname@example.org T he construction of the 40-storey Hazina Trade Centre Towers in Nairobi has started. China Jiangxi International- Kenya, the contractor for the centre estimated to cost Sh7.1 billion, has already moved to the site and started to prepare for the construction. The project had been stopped for a while. The building is located on Moktar Daddah Road, in the central business district, and currently hosts Nakumatt Lifestyle among other businesses. The extension of the build- ing was stopped in July, after Cabinet Secretary for Labour Kazungu Kambi stopped all National Social Security Fund (NSSF) projects whose tenders ‘‘ We are concerned with safety of current users” Tom Odongo 36 had been freshly issued and directed that an audit be carried out on ongoing ones. The building had been com- missioned by Mr Kambi two weeks before the tender was cancelled. Yesterday, however, it was not clear if all pending issues had been addressed as the contractor was busy preparing the site for the construction. After the suspension of the project, Nairobi City county governor Dr Evans Kidero also demanded a fresh Environmental Impact Assessment report from the National Environment Management Authority (Nema). Meet conditions Dr Kidero said the last re- port was obtained in 2006 and as such there was need for the assessment to be redone. Attempts to get a comment from Mr Kambi did not bear fruit as he neither picked the calls nor responded to text messages. But Nairobi county executive Storeys to be constructed to add to the existing four at a cost of Sh7.1bn for Housing, Lands and Physical Planning, Mr Tom Odongo, said the contractor was expected to meet all conditions stipulated by the county government before starting the construction. “May be they are doing some mobilization, but the contractor National News 3 Liverpool fan stabbed in dispute over Arsenal CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 confirmed the incident, but said police were yet to establish the motive behind the attack. Witnesses, however, said the argument was sparked by the game they had been watching. Mr Odero said Muteithia died while undergoing treatment at the Meru Level Five Hospital. “The assailant managed to escape but wananchi brought a motorbike he was seen riding on. We have launched a manhunt for him,” he said. The motorcycle was being held at the Meru police station. On December 8, last year, a young man believed to be a Manchester United fan committed suicide in Nairobi’s Pipeline estate after the team lost 1-0 to New Castle. ANTHONY OMUYA | NATION The building being extended by a Chinese company on Muindi Mbingu Street, Nairobi, as seen at the weekend. The building belongs to NSSF and houses Nakumatt Lifestyle, among other businesses. has to comply with the demands made by the county,” he said. Mr Odongo said that their major concern was the safety of current users, traffic management plan and environmental impact assessment, which he said must fully be disclosed. Kidero’s fate will be known in court, says Tobiko BY NATION REPORTER Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero (left) and the county’s women representative Rachael Shebesh will know whether they will face prosecution or not when their case comes up in court, Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko has said. Contacted by the Nation on whether he would recognise a reconciliation consent that the two leaders filed in court and formally drop criminal charges against them, Mr Tobiko said his decision would be known in court. “My decision will be known in court when the matter comes up on February 21. So let’s wait for that day in court,” he told the Nation in a telephone interview. On Friday, the High Court said Dr Kidero and Ms Shebesh were not off the hook unless the DPP recognises the reconciliation consent and formally drops criminal charges against them. The leaders had told the court that they had struck an out-of-court settlement over the public spat that nearly had them charged with assault and creating disturbance, respectively. The assailant managed to escape but wananchi brought a motorbike he was seen riding on.” Tom Odero, area police boss Jimmy Macharia, 23, is said to have jumped from the seventh floor of a building after learning that his team had lost the match. And in May 2012, an Arsenal fan, Suleiman Alfonso Omondi, 29, committed suicide after his team lost. His body was found dangling from a rope in his house in the Pipeline estate, Nairobi. At the time, the London club sent its condolences to Omondi’s family through its spokeswoman , Katie Baldwin. In another incident on September 9, 2011, an Arsenal fan was stabbed to death by a Blackburn Rovers supporter during an argument in Kapkatet, Nandi North. That dat the Gunners lost 4-3 to Blackburn in a Barclays.
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