The Star (Nairobi)

21 January 2013

Kenya: Obure Sends Team to Probe Kisumu Building Collapse

THE ministry of Public Works has dispatched a team of officers to Kisumu to investigate the collapse of a building which killed seven people last week.

Public Works minister Chris Obure said it was unfortunate for the country to lose people because of the negligence of unscrupulous developers.

Addressing the press at St Vincent Pastoral Centre in Kisii, Obure said the officers' mandate is to establish the cause of the collapse so that preventive measures can be taken and action taken on those responsible.

Obure said the construction law passed by parliament will be applied to the letter saying those who will be found responsible for the deaths will be prosecuted or made to pay hefty fines.

"Initially we had no law to apply when such a tragedy like this happened but these days we have teeth to bite because parliament passed a law that regulates the construction industry," he added.

"I want to pass my sincere condolences to the bereaved families and wish who were injured during the sad incident quick recovery," He added.

He warned developers against using sub-standard materials when carrying out projects saying that they should mindful of the safety of the public and their workers.

"We suspect that the building collapsed because the developer used sub-standard materials. They must at all times use proper materials to avoid tragedies," said the public works minister.

He at the same time told the developers to carry out their projects in accordance with the law adding that they should construct buildings according to plan specifications.

"The law will be applied to tame rogue developers who are used to putting up sub-standard houses that caused deaths and damage in the booming real estate sector," said the minister.

He said that mediocrity in the construction sector will not be tolerated at all saying that it upon those who are the business to a dare to the laws of face stern measures.

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