60pc of Nairobi buildings not approved, warn architects

Six out of 10 buildings in the city may have been built by quacks
Six out of 10 buildings in the city may have been built by quacks. PHOTO/FILE
Some 60 per cent of buildings in Nairobi have not been approved by the government, the Architectural Association of Kenya (AAK) has warned.

The AAK chairman Steven Oundo said six out of 10 buildings in the city may have been built by quacks, thereby endangering the lives innocent of Kenyans.

Speaking during the AAK annual convention in Diani, Mr Oundo said the number could be much higher in other parts of the country including Mombasa, Nakuru, Kisumu and Eldoret.

“Kenya has allowed quacks to take over the construction industry. That is why we are seeing so many buildings collapsing,” said Mr Oundo.

Mr Oundo said every approved building must be issued with an occupation certificate by the local government. An occupation certificate certifies that a building has complied with applicable building codes and other laws.

“Buildings under construction must have site signboards. Construction sites without signboards indicate the buildings may not have been approved, he added.

Mr Oundo called on the executive to stamp their authority in the building and construction sector to tame cowboy contractors.

In a speech read on his behalf by Imenti Central legislator Gitobu Imanyara, Speaker Kenneth Marende said poor planning and greed leads to great disasters in the building sector.

“AAK should ensure international standards for structures designed are set professionally and met with complete integrity,” said Mr Marende.

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