Sakaja Acts Swiftly on the Surge in Falling Buildings
Following the collapse of numerous buildings in Kiambu County claiming lives, Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja has now ordered that all buildings in Nairobi be inspected to check if they are in compliance with the county laws.
He emphasized that a primary area of focus for the inspection will be structural integrity.
After disbanding the previous team, the governor announced the formation of a new Urban Planning Technical Committee.
All building plans for projects that were going to be undertaken in the city had to be approved by the new team as well.
"As part of our building sector reforms, the newly inaugurated Urban Planning Technical Committee, which approves all building plans, will also play a role in building compliance.
"The new team consists of Margaret Njuki- NEMA, Plan. Racheal Kisiangani- Kenya institute of planners, Architect Brenda Nyawara, Stanley Kimani - Nairobi Water, Engineer Jane Mutulili, Christine Ogut, Dr Abdulmalik Gichuki," he stated.
The team did not, however, offer the procedures and timetable for the inspection process.
On November 21st, a five-story building collapsed in Ruiru Kiambu county. The incident came after over 100 tenants were evacuated on Sunday 20th over the sorry state of the building.
Remains of a Collapsed building in Kiambu County.PHOTO TWITTER
Kiambu Governor Kimani Wamatangi, together with Firefighters had led the rescue operations on Sunday night.
“Tenants can no longer stay in this house because its columns- which are supposed to support it have cracked. It cannot stand for long. If not for the neighboring house that is supporting it, it could already be down,” Wamatangi told the press during the evacuation of the tenants on Sunday 20th after he received a report from the National Construction Authority (NCA).