By Roncliffe Odit.
A 6 story building earmarked for demolition has collapsed in Nairobi’s Kariobangi South Estate. Luckily enough, no casualties were reported in the morning incident as the 4 tenants in the house were out when the building came crumbling down.
The incident, which happened at 8am on Tuesday morning was witnessed by shocked onlookers.
Area residents say the tenants in the building had moved out just 12 hours before the incident fearing that the building was going to collapse.
One of the four remaining tenants named Isaac lamented the loss of all his property, but is happy to be alive.
Officials from the lands ministry say the house had been earmarked for demolition after investigations revealed that it was poorly built and was a hazard.
Sources in the estate even claim the building was once earmarked for demolition but later repainted before the current tenants moved in; allegations that the Secretary of Building Inspectorate Moses Nyakiongora refuted.
Reports say that in Nairobi County, over 400 buildings have been identified as being substandard and are actually set for demolition.
This coming even as President Uhuru Kenyatta signed into law the Engineering Technology Bill, 2016.
The Engineering Technology Act 2016 provides for the regulation, practice and standards of engineering technologists and technicians.
The new law will set up the Engineering Technologists and Technicians Registration Board which will have powers to enter and inspect sites where construction, installation, erection, alteration, renovation, maintenance, processing or manufacturing works are in progress to verify that engineering professional services and works are undertaken by registered persons under the Act.
It is hoped that the body shall bring to an and the recent trend of substandard housing cropping up across the city and the numerous disasters that have claimed scored of lives and valuable property as a result of the poor construction.