Owner of House that Collapsed in Ruaka Arrested
The owner of the home that collapsed last week in Ruaka, Kiambu County, killing two people, has been arrested while trying to flee.
He was arrested at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport(JKIA) while attempting to flee from the country since the police had announced their plans to arrest him as soon as the house collapsed.
According to Kiambu County Commissioner Mr. Joshua Nkanatha, the building’s owner is currently being held at the Kiambu Town Police Station and plans are being made to have him charged.
The County Commissioner also added that efforts were being made to find the owner of a structure that collapsed on Monday, November 21, 2022, early in the morning in Ruiru town, Kiambu County.
The house in Kiambu collapsed to its toes on Monday morning, just ten hours after the residents were forced to evacuate the residence due to cracks in the building.
Kiambu County Governor Kimani Wamatangi was alerted to the event and immediately raced to the building to begin the evacuation procedure with the aid of county government representatives and the Kenya Red Cross.
The evacuation process began after officials from the National Construction Authority (NCA) criticized the structure, claiming it was unsafe.
Following these recent collapses of houses, Nkanatha disclosed that the formation of a team made up of representatives from the national and county administrations that will check buildings in Kiambu County had already begun.
He blamed the judiciary, though, for issuing anticipatory bonds to people detained in connection with collapsed structures.
“We respect the independence of our judiciary but we cannot win this fight alone, we are requesting them to help us deal with this impunity, we are all serving the same people,” Nkanatha said.