Most houses in Ruaka and Ruiru said to be unsafe

By Kaltun Jama

Transport Cabinet Secretary, James Macharia, has called for immediate inspection of houses in Ruaka and Ruiru areas of Kiambu County.

In a statement to newsrooms Tuesday, Macharia said the exercise will cover both buildings under construction and those that are already occupied.

The CS said in order to ensure safety of the occupants, he directed the National Buildings Inspectorate to lead other Government Agencies and the Kiambu County Government to inspect and audit all buildings in Ruiru and Ruaka as a matter of urgency.

The exercise has been concentrated in Nairobi because of the many buildings suspected to be unsafe.

However, they have already cascaded the exercise to other Counties and currently the team is in Kisii County.

The owners of the buildings will be required to provide drawings and approvals from NEMA and National Construction Authority and County Government.

The Ministry also warned that buildings with visible cracks on walls, slabs, beams and columns, plumpness of walls and columns and difficulty in opening and closing majority of the doors and windows in the living unit could be signs of unsafe buildings which should be avoided.

  

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