The Government has stopped with immediate effect the construction of all buildings in the country whose foundation is more than six metres deep, until an audit has been carried out proving their safety standards.
The moratorium comes in the wake of the collapse of a foundation wall Thursday in Nairobi, where four people lost their lives and ten others critically injured.
The Principal Secretary for Housing and Urban Development Architect Aidah Munano who issued the order on Friday morning, the regretted that people lost lives under circumstances that indicate there was professional negligence on supervision.
She instructed the National Construction Authority and the National Building Inspectorate to move with speed and ensure that all construction sites abide with safety standards stipulated by the building code.
The Principal Secretary who toured the site noted with concern that the contractor operated without an office at the site, which may have contributed to poor supervision. “All concerned parties must give account of what may have led to the wall collapsing at the site,” she added.
The Member of County Assembly (MCA) for Parklands Mr Jafar Kassim who was present said recovery effort for those buried in the soil and concrete begun at around 4pm, while the last victim was recovered at 3:00 am.
He called on the Government to prosecute any person found culpable of professional negligence if incidents of buildings collapsing are to end.
The MCA also asked the national Disaster Management to consider assisting bereaved families to meet funeral expenses of the four people who died from the accident. (Olem Edward)