Kisii county, po­lice blamed for col­lapsed build­ing

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics -

Gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials yes­ter­day blamed the Kisii gov­ern­ment and po­lice for the col­lapsed 10-storey build­ing that has claimed nine lives.

They have re­vealed that 1,440 oc­cu­pied build­ings are at risk of col­laps­ing in Nairobi.

Hous­ing and Ur­ban De­vel­op­ment CS James Macharia (pic­tured) told MPs the Kisii ad­min­is­tra­tion and po­lice failed to en­force two sus­pen­sion or­ders from the National Con­struc­tion Au­thor­ity stop­ping the owner from ex­ceed­ing the five-floor limit.

Macharia said NCA is­sued the first sus­pen­sion or­der last year while the other in July this year but the “owner ig­nored with im­punity”.

“These sus­pen­sion or­ders were copied to the county gov­ern­ment and po­lice. Un­for­tu­nately, noth­ing was done,” he said. Macharia ap­peared be­fore the National As­sem­bly Trans­port Com­mit­tee chaired by Starehe MP Maina Ka­manda ac­com­pa­nied by NCA chief ex­ec­u­tive Daniel Man­duku.

He said the build­ing col­lapsed due to a weak mix of con­crete, qual­ity and load­ing the build­ing “twice what the frame could with­hold”. The CS also said low ca­pac­ity by county gov­ern­ments to ap­prove and su­per­vise all build­ings un­der con­struc­tion has con­trib­uted to ram­pant col­lapses.

MPs de­manded to know the num­ber of peo­ple rec­om­mended for prose­cu­tion as a result of col­lapsed build­ing, in­clud­ing the Hu­ruma case in April where 49 peo­ple died. “Peo­ple have died, but no one has been brought to book,” Luanda MP Christo­pher Omulele said.

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