National Construction Authority (NCA) has successfully accredited more than 150,000 construction workers and 18,000 contractors in different categories. The categories comprise of build, civil and other specialized group in an effort to regulate the construction sector. The accreditation process will now help engineers and site managers carry out construction works using safe technology.
Initially, NCA targeted to register 7,000 contractors countrywide, is in the process of creating a database of skilled workers so that builders can find efficient workforce. In 2013, the agency began this exercise in line with its laws and regulations that came into force in December 2011 as part its move to reduce the number of rogue contractors.
About 111 Kenyan contractors have qualified to be registered in top group, NCA 1 category who will be allowed to undertake works of unlimited value. There are 52 foreign contractors in the NCA 1 category including several Chinese firms such as China Overseas Engineering, China Zhongxing Construction, China Wu Yi and China Railway Engineering.
Local contractors are required to pay registration fees of between KES10,000 -50,000 depending on their category , while annual practice renewal costs between KES5,000-10,000. On the other hand, foreign contractors pay a registration fee of KES100, 000 and are restricted to the tenders they win. They are also required to obtain a temporary registration and are required to ‘sub-contract not less than 30 per cent of the value’ to local contractors.
To be eligible for registration as a contractor, a firm must hold a certificate of incorporation either a s a limited liability company, sole proprietorship or partnership. Individuals found operating without a valid registration will pay a fine of KES 1 million, face a jail term of three years or both.