Timely intervention by authorities saw tenants at a condemned building in Mombasa evacuated shortly before it collapsed.
All the tenants at the building located in Marikiti area, most of whom were traders, were forcefully evacuated by fire and rescue official’s hours before the building crumbled.
The county government of Mombasa had issued a notice for the tenants to vacate the premise on May 12, 2023.
“All the tenants were evacuated safely. The tenants were adamant to vacate. They were issued with a warning notice before this incident,” said Mombasa Governor Abdulswamad Nassir when he visited the scene.
He extolled county officials, CECM Land, Urban Planning and Housing, and Old town MCA for leading the rescue mission.
“You did the right thing, we would be counting dead bodies,” said Governor Nassir.
The Governor said another building under construction is set to be demolished after the County Government got the court nod.
Report by Sally Namuye