Team in­spects Kisii build­ings

Task force formed af­ter col­lapse of 10-storey build­ing that killed nine peo­ple. Last year the NCA stopped con­struc­tion of 280 build­ings for fail­ing to meet safety stan­dards

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties - BEN­SON NYAGESIBA @Nyagesiba

Fol­low­ing a build­ing col­lapse in which nine peo­ple died, a task force is look­ing into the safety of build­ings in ma­jor ur­ban cen­tres in Kisii.

The 18-mem­ber task force was formed by Gov­er­nor James Ong­wae. It is led by Roads and pub­lic works di­rec­tor Chris Nchoga.

It has 10 days to do its work and present its re­port to Ong­wae.

Last Fri­day, the team in­spected com­pleted build­ings and those un­der con­struc­tion in sec­tions of Kisii town. Speak­ing at his of­fice, Ong­wae said the of­fi­cers will work in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Na­tional Con­struc­tion Author­ity.

The gov­er­nor formed the task force af­ter a 10-storey build­ing col­lapsed on Novem­ber 10, killing nine peo­ple. Thirty-four peo­ple, among them seven chil­dren, were in­jured.

Last year the build­ing was con­demned by the NCA but re­mained oc­cu­pied. Re­ports in­di­cate the ap­proved plan was for three storeys but the de­vel­oper added seven more floors.

The Nchoga team will es­tab­lish the cir­cum­stances that led to its col­lapse. Ong­wae said the team will es­tab­lish whether the pro­pri­etor com­plied with statu­tory re­quire­ments. He urged pro­pri­etors and res­i­dents to co­op­er­ate with the task force.

Nchoga said they will com­plete the work on time.

Na­tional Build­ings In­spec­torate sec­re­tary Moses Nyakion­gora praised the county for its quick ac­tion. He said the de­part­ment has iden­ti­fied Kisii as one of the ar­eas to fo­cus on to en­sure res­i­dents live and work in safe build­ings.

“Our man­date is to au­dit build­ings for com­pli­ance with regis­tra­tion, plan­ning, zon­ing, build­ing stan­dards and struc­tural sound­ness,” Nyakion­gora said.

He said the min­istry will en­act a law to have build­ings coun­try­wide in­spected ev­ery five years.

/BEN­SON NYAGESIBA

Po­lice of­fi­cers mon­i­tor res­cue op­er­a­tions at the build­ing that col­lapsed,- killing nine peo­ple and in­jur­ing 34 on Novem­ber 10 in Kisii town

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