- The six-storey building that was still under construction collapsed at Mirema along Thika road in Nairobi on Monday morning.
- Luckily, there were no casualties were reported.
The contractor behind the collapsed building in Mirema, Roysambu, has been arrested and remanded.
In a statement on Tuesday, the Nairobi county government revealed that the developer was arrested, arraigned in court and was given cash bail of Sh500,000.
However, he has been remanded in Nairobi West remand prison.
The six-storey building that was still under construction collapsed at Mirema along Thika road in Nairobi on Monday morning.
Luckily, there were no casualties were reported.
In the statement, acting county secretary Patrick Analo revealed that the contractor had resisted past attempts for arrest by authorities and arraignment for illegalities.
“The developer also carried out the development contrary to section 16 of the building code and Physical and Land Use Planning Act (2019),” reads the statement.
City Hall has also established that there was no evidence of supervision from the architect and engineer.
However, after the incident, the county has secured the site and taken samples to the National Building Inspectorate for testing and results are expected as soon as possible.
Earlier, the National Construction Authority revealed that the collapsed building damaged an adjacent building and a vehicle.
It also damaged the Kenya Power and Lighting Company infrastructure.
The authority said they are still gathering information to assess the failure points of the poor structural concrete used in the construction.
NCA warned that any individual who will be found having violated the Authorities' regulations shall face the law.
Last year in November, the government warned developers found constructing buildings that have already been marked unsafe that they shall be dealt with in accordance with the law.
Public Works PS Solomon Kitungu said such developers who portray themselves as architects take advantage of constructing at night.
He said the government has in the last three months, inspected and tested over 300 buildings in Nairobi and that the same is happening in other major towns.
The PS revealed that already 90 buildings have been marked unsafe in Nairobi and urged Kenyans to be on the lookout and report to the chief’s office, if they see anyone building a house that is marked unsafe, adding that most of the quacks build at night.