15-floor building under construction in Juja, Kiambu County

Members of the Kiambu County Assembly Finance Committee have recommended the demolition of a 15-floor building in Juja sub-county over violation of safety laws.

At the same time, the team is demanding Ksh. 60 million from owners of the structure in unpaid revenue to the county government.

This comes after Kiambu Governor Kimani Wamatangi expressed his concerns to Interior Cabinet Secretary Kindiki Kithure over cases of buildings collapsing in Nairobi and Kiambu.

Wamatangi called on the CS to intervene and bring out a multi-agency team that will help deal with rogue contractors.

In his remarks, Kindiki ordered the multi-agency team in the construction industry to work with counties to ensure due process is strictly followed to the latter.

Addressing journalists after conducting an impromptu tour of the house, committee members also expressed concern over a petrol station under construction within the premises.

Led by its Chairman Zack Mbugua (Kiuu ward) and Vice-Chairman James Kamau (Kikuyu), the committee expressed shock after learning that only five floors were initially approved but 10 more were irregularly added to the structure under unclear circumstances.

Incidentally, an order was issued on October 19 last year by the County Executive Committee for the demolition of the building which is about 100 meters from the Juja sub-county offices, but construction continued unabated.

At some point, the presser was disrupted when a woman said to be one of the partners of the project stormed the place and started shouting.

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