The government will clamp down illegal builders in Kenya in effort to promote responsible and quality housing, minister for Housing Soita Shitanda has said.
In a speech read by the Director of Administration for Housing Abdul Mwasera while opening the 8th Property and Home Living Expo at the Sarit Center in Westlands, Nairobi, the minister said that the ministry cannot stand by and watch the race for better housing turn into a legacy of poor construction and collapsed buildings.
“In the last three years, our country has suffered not one but eight separate cases of buildings collapsing each taking with them valuable lives,” said Shitanda.
Mr Shitanda noted that all buildings sites shall have building codes and procedures that are displayed at building sites detailing the professional and regulatory credentials of the work being done.
The minister added that each board must carry the file number showing the building work registered with the local authority which is the last word that ensures the building code is followed.
“A survey carried in the past 5 years by Bamburi Cement and Nairobi City Council had both shown that 70% of buildings were constructed illegally,” he said, adding that developers should design and construct buildings in a professional manner rather than hiring amateurs.
Hass Consult was the gold sponsor for this year’s annual Housing Expo which ended on Sunday. The event was aimed at promoting responsible development and construction so as to curb the recent instances of buildings collapsing.