Six build­ings in Kisii are un­safe, should be de­mol­ished – of­fi­cial

Some de­vel­op­ers do not fol­low con­struc­tion reg­u­la­tions, mak­ing many build­ings un­fit for oc­cu­pa­tion, a build­ing in­spec­torate of­fi­cial says. One build­ing col­lapsed last Thurs­day

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Six build­ings in Kisii town are dis­as­ters wait­ing to hap­pen and should be va­cated, ex­perts have said.

Moses Nyakion­gora, the sec­re­tary of the National Build­ing In­spec­torate, said they are car­ry­ing out fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tions to de­ter­mine their safety, and will con­demn all un­safe build­ings and or­der their de­mo­li­tion.

NON-COM­PLI­ANCE

Most build­ings be­ing put up in the county are un­safe as some de­vel­op­ers do not fol­low build­ing and safety reg­u­la­tions, he said.

“We have in­spected 4,690 build­ings in Nairobi out of which 640 have been found to be un­fit for oc­cu­pa­tion. In Kisii, six of the houses in­spected are un­fit for oc­cu­pa­tion,” Nyakion­gora said.

He spoke at the weekend at the site where a house col­lapsed on Thurs­day, killing nine peo­ple.

The sec­re­tary said the pro­pri­etor of the build­ing il­le­gally in­creased the num­ber of floors to 10 against the ap­proved five.

PROS­E­CUTE FOR NEG­LI­GENCE

National Con­struc­tion Author­ity chair­man Stephen Oundo said they gave two con­dem­na­tion or­ders, which the owner of the build­ing and en­gi­neers ig­nored. To pre­vent such in­ci­dences, the chair­man urged the gov­ern­ment to give the author­ity pow­ers to ar­rest and pros­e­cute those who vio- late the NCA Act.

Le­gal ac­tion will be taken against the owner and those who were given the man­date to su­per­vise the con­struc­tion of the build­ing, he said.

The res­cue team led by Lt Joseph Mar­itim and National Dis­as­ter Man­age­ment Unit deputy direc­tor Pius Ma­sai said the op­er­a­tion may end to­day. “We have done 60 per cent of the work. The re­main­ing work can be completed by Tues­day,” Ma­sai said.

THERE’S STILL HOPE

Nine peo­ple are still missing, he said. “Many peo­ple are sus­pected to be trapped in the de­bris and the true picture will be known after the com­ple­tion of the res­cue op­er­a­tion,” he said.

“The op­er­a­tion is com­plex, that is why I am re­quest­ing for more as­sis­tance, es­pe­cially equip­ment.”

Ma­sai said the owner of the build­ing has gone un­der­ground.

He said the team has res­cued a hen from the rub­ble and ex­pressed op­ti­mism that they will save any­one still trapped in the de­bris.

Fol­low­ing the in­ci­dent, So­cial Se­cu­rity PS Su­san Mochache and Kisii Se­na­tor Chris Obure have sent their con­do­lences to the bereaved fam­ily. They also wished a quick re­cov­ery for those ad­mit­ted in hos­pi­tal.

They called for speedy in­ves­ti­ga­tions and le­gal ac­tion against those re­spon­si­ble for the build­ing col­lapse.

Mochache called for stiffer penal­ties for those who do not fol­low reg­u­la­tions.

/BEN­SON NYAGESIBA

Po­lice of­fi­cers on Fri­day last week at the scene of where a build­ing col­lapsed in Kisii town on Thurs­day

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