The Government has announced that owners of buildings that collapse will be charged with murder. This follows recent collapse of a four storey shopping mall under construction in Kisumu, that left 32 construction workers trapped and a further 15 rescued from it. According to statistics done, 8 buildings have collapsed this year and little action is taken against the owners of the building.
Ag. CS for Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Dr. Fred Matiang’i has reported that stern action will be taken against owners of buildings that collapse, cause harm or death through negligence. The County Government has been accused of lack of cooperation with the National Government in enforcing building regulations.
The ongoing audit on building by National Construction Authority (NCA) revealed that 52% of 1363 inspected buildings in Nairobi are not fit for habitation while 55 out of 4000 buildings inspected by the County Government were found to have major shortcomings.
To help combat this, Kenyans wishing to construct buildings should check up with local authorities to avoid cases of death or loss of property and ensure that one has complied with KEBS, National and County Government and National Construction Authority standards and regulations. On the other hand ,residents should report any minor detection or sign of an unsafe building in residential areas.