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Runda group fails to block mall in estate

Nema issued the licence on July 25, 2014 but Runda Association appealed the decision. FILE PHOTO | NMG
Nema issued the licence on July 25, 2014 but Runda Association appealed the decision. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

The planned construction of a mall in posh Runda estate in Nairobi can now start after a judge dismissed objection by residents.

Justice Mr Elijah Obaga ruled that Runda Residents Association was consulted over the project and that the decision by National Environment Management Authority (Nema) granting Grove Limited licence to construct the mall was not faulty as alleged.

The company had proposed to construct a low density development comprising a hotel, retail centre and office block on the property.

Documents filed in court show that Grove submitted a project report to Nema and then conducted an environment impact assessment study for an impact licence.