By KBC Reporters
The government through the ministry of public works has now extended the deadline set for demolition of inhabitable buildings, to allow the owners salvage some material.
PS Paul Maringa confirmed the start of the demolition exercise next week Tuesday, even as he called on residents in areas affected to immediately vacate to safer housing to allow for the process.
Over 228 buildings in Nairobi have so far been marked for demolition with a majority of the structures found Huruma, Babadogo and Zimmerman estates.
The ministry is also expected to effect the demolition of structures within the counties that have been found unfit for habitation.
Meanwhile on Monday, rescue and emergency teams shifted their focus to the 19 people listed as missing in the aftermath of the Huruma building tragedy that left at least 51 people dead.
With fears that some people could have drowned while escaping from the ill fated building, rescue teams have extended their efforts to the nearby Nairobi River and its environs.
The latest development coming as governor’s spouses led by Susan Kidero visited the affected families at the Huruma social hall donating 200, 000 shillings to the victims of the tragedy.
They called on those still residing in houses earmarked for demolition to move out to avert a possible disaster.
The County government of Nairobi has given tenants of houses marked for demolition in Huruma seven days to find alternative accommodation.
Close to 78 houses in the area will be demolished with 10 of the buildings already brought down.
The number of those rescued stand at 140 with incident Commander Pius Masai saying that 13 bodies are yet to be identified.
Meanwhile, a section of the five storied Nyali Centre in Mombasa collapsed Monday morning due to what residents said was structural deficiencies.
County Urban planning executive Francis Thoya said sections of the premises, including Java House, the Boxing Lounge and several banks, were closed. No injuries were reported.
Elsewhere, the ministry of lands, Housing and urban Settlement is calling for inter county partnerships that will spur sustainable development of metropolitan cities in the country for unified development.
The Ministry`s Principal Secretary Mariamu El Maawy says neighboring county governors should pool their resources together and establish joint economic pillars that will facilitate cohesive growth of the counties instead of embroiling in hollow boundary stalemates.
Speaking in Nakuru where she paid a courtesy call on the Nakuru Governor Kinuthia Mbugua and County Commissioner Joshua Nkanatha, the PS observed that the incessant wrangling among neighboring counties over boundaries in recent days has been detrimental to the much desired devolution driven regional development in the country.
The Principal Secretary used the occasion to reaffirm the central government`s commitment to ensuring that the World Bank funded Kenya Informal Settlement upgrading Program (KISIP) launched mid last year across 10 municipalities in the county is completed as a way of improving living conditions of people living in slums in Kenya`s urban areas.