Iconic Ambassadeur Hotel Risk Closure for not Repainting Says Governor Sonko

The law requires that buildings in the Nairobi city centre be repainted after every two years. | PHOTO COURTESY

BY GERALD GEKARA – Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has vowed to close down operations at iconic Ambassador hotel and 7 other buildings in the CBD for not adhering to County bylaws.

The laws, re-emphasized by Sonko, states that city buildings must be repainted after every two years. Some of the buildings listed alongside Ambassadeur Hotel are

  • Loise House (Latema Road)
  • Jiame House (Haile Selassie)
  • Construct House (Moi Avenue)
  • Karachi House (River Road)
  • Leon House (Tom Mboya Street)
  • Commercial House

Nairobi County officials claim that the county issued notice but the owners failed to repaint asper the directive.

“We believe that they all read our notice which we published in the local dailies and that is why we are going for them,” acting County Secretary Leboo Morintat said in a statement on Thursday.

Nairobi County askaris have so far arrested and detained 9 people, who will be arraigned to court in connection with the matter. More arrests will be made if the buildings are not repainted.