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Probe into collapsed building launched

23 January 2013, 15:00 Oduor Omondi

The government has dispatched a special team of investigators to Kisumu to investigate the collapse of a five storey building that killed nine people last week.

Public Works Minister Chris Obure said the officers mandate will be to unravel the cause of the collapse.

The team will also come up with preventive measures that can be taken to avert such occurrences in the future.

It will also advise on disciplinary measures to be taken on those found culpable.

Obure noted that the construction law passed by parliament will be applied on the latter saying those found responsible for the deaths will face the full wrath of the law or pay hefty fines.

“We had no law to apply when such tragedies occurred in the past, but these days we have teeth because Parliament passed a law that regulates the construction industry,” he said.

The minister passed his condolences to the bereaved families and wished those injured quick recovery.

Speaking in Kisumu, Obure further warned developers against using sub-standard materials when carrying out projects and urged them to be mindful of the safety of the public and their workers.

The government’s move comes hot on the heels of a damning revelation by the National Construction Authority that it had not certified the construction of the five storey building.

The association has instead shifted blame to the Municipal Council of Kisumu accusing it of failing to ensure that the building complied with set regulations.

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