Jubilee politician Francis Mwangi has urged President Uhuru Kenyatta to constitute a committee to look into demolition of buildings in the city

Speaking to the Star on the phone yesterday, he said the current wave of demolitions has left genuine businesspeople and investors suffering, many being reduced to paupers.

The demolitions steered by the Nairobi Regeneration team started in August with around 4,000 buildings earmarked for demolition to remove illegal structures from river banks in Nairobi.

The demolition squad now targets Seefar apartment, which the team says encroaches on riparian land. The building was constructed between 2011 and 2014 after it was commisisoned by then Housing minister Soita Shitanda.

"Some owners have taken loans and are still servicing them. Since approvals were done by government bodies, the state should compensate the victims," Mwangi said.

He said ordinary investors are not document examiners and rely on approvals by government officials.