The Kenyan government has ordered for the immediate inspection of buildings in Kiambu county following the collapsing and instability of different structures in the area.
There were reports of a wall collapsing and killing one person last week while a building under construction collapsed in Ruiri on Wednesday, November 23.
Transport Cabinet Secretary, James Macharia, made the announcement on Monday, specifying structures in Ruaka and Ruiru areas as the focus.
”My Ministry, through the National Buildings Inspectorate will be conducting inspection of buildings to ascertain their suitability for human habitation.”
The statement released to news outlets said the inspection of buildings will include those under construction and those already occupied.
Macharia also said:
”In order to reassure the public and ensure safety of these occupants, I have 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.”
During the inspection, building owners will be required to provide drawings as well as NEMA and National Construction Authority and County Government approvals.
Landlords of already occupied and fully constructed buildings will be required to also provide approved drawings and in addition, their occupation certificates.
Buildings under construction and those constructed within the last 5 years would require the owners/landlords to have their consultants at hand to meet with the inspection team on site.
”Any site lacking any of the above will be closed immediately and no further construction shall proceed until all conditions are met,” stated Macharia.
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In addition to the listed requirements during inspection, the statement pointed out a few things that would be looked out for in buildings that might be a possible indication of it being unsafe.
”Excessive deflection and vibration, dampness caused by leakages of water through walls, sinking wall or foundations and poor ventilation or lighting could be signs of unsafe buildings.”