Three people died on Tuesday after a seven-story building fell in the Seasons area of Kasarani, and Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja has detained three officials for alleged dereliction of duty.
In the meanwhile, the policemen have been sent home while more inquiries into the event are conducted by Michael Agoya, Senior Superintendent of Building, Catherine Wairimu, and Beatrice Kimathi, Chief Superintendent Building.
The three were also handed a show-cause letter, and if they don’t reply to the allegations—which include insufficient supervision—within 10 days, additional disciplinary action will be conducted against them.
The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) has since received the identities of the policemen for further investigation, the Nairobi County administration stated in a statement to newsrooms on Friday.
This comes after preliminary investigations revealed that neither the National Construction Authority nor Nairobi City County had granted the project any formal approvals (NCA).
“The developer had in the past ignored non-compliance notices with the latest being issued on the morning of the incident, Tuesday 15th November. NCA closed the construction site the same morning marking it dangerous and hazardous, however, the owner ignored the notice and reopened the site later the same day,” Nairobi County said in the statement.
The Urban Planning Technical Committee (UPTC), established in 2009 to replace the Town Planning & Works Committee, has subsequently been reorganized by Governor Sakaja.
The multi-sectoral committee will meet twice a month and is set up to help with the evaluation and discussion of development license applications submitted to the planning authority.
The members of the committee are:
1. Brenda Nyawara – Architectural Association of Kenya (AAK)
2. Eng. Jane Mutulili — Engineers Board of Kenya (EBK)
3. Eng. Christine Ogut — The Institution of Engineers of Kenya (IEK)
4. Dr. Abdulmalik Tuesday Gichuki — Kenya Alliance of Resident Association (KARA)
5. Racheal Kisiangani — Kenya Institute of Planners (KIP)
6. Stanley Karaya Kimani – Nairobi Water and Sewerage Company (NCWSC)
7. Margaret Njuki — National Environment Management Authority (NEMA)