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Collapsed building was not certified

21 January 2013, 16:00 Oduor Omondi

The Chief Executive Officer of the National Construction Authority (NCA) Daniel Manduku has revealed that Architectural Association of Kenya (AAK) had not certified the construction of the five storey building that collapsed and killed nine people in Kisumu recently.

Speaking to the media, Manduku shifted the blame to the Municipal Council of Kisumu for failing to ensure that the building complied with set regulations.

He said the council only approved the construction of the building, but did not take charge to inspect the construction site to confirm whether the materials used were of good standards.

“The tragedy was due to negligence by the municipal council,” noted Manduku.

The National Construction Authority’s revelation has also been echoed by a former Kisumu councilor who attributed the collapse of the building to negligence by the council.

George Weda who is now contesting for the Kisumu senatorial seat said the building lacked proper foundation.

He said the building that existed before the ill-fated one was a bungalow.

Weda said the council demolished the bungalow but left its foundation, which he claimed could not carry the weight of the five-storey building.

He placed the blame squarely on the town engineer Adrian Ouma and challenged him to state why the building was approved with such anomalies.

He further said the building lacked a fence to prevent blocks and building material from falling on passersby.

But in a quick rejoinder, Municipal Council of Kisumu Town Clerk Christopher Rusana absolved the council from the blame saying supervision of the building was being carried out by a private engineer appointed by the contractor.

“We approved the plan but it was under direct supervision of the private engineer,” he stated.

The collapsed building that was still under construction claimed the lives of nine people leaving 35 others injured.

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