Kenya’s chief public prosecutor Noordin Haji wants government officials who approved illegal investments on riparian land and road reserves to pay for their sins.

Mr Haji has directed Director of Criminal Investigation George Kinoti to investigate the illegal allocations and approvals that have cost the country's economy billions of shillings.

He wants the chief crime buster to “establish the circumstances, procedures and persons who irregularly and/or illegally issued the approvals.”

In a statement, Mr Haji on Thursday said he had instructed Mr Kinoti to send him a report on the investigation in 21 days and thereafter, progress updates every 21 days

Already, the National Environment Management Authority (Nema) has demolished multi-billion-shilling malls in the capital Nairobi, with more set to come down.

But while the losses are being borne by the owners of the buildings, the investors have turned the heat on government agencies that approved the investments.

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