We will reject your bids, minister warns Kenyan road contractors

The State has threatened to reject road construction bids from local contractors amid rising complaints about the quality of their work. Transport cabinet secretary James Macharia says his ministry is considering giving all road construction tenders to foreigners following consistent…
Construction growth slows as new railway nears completion

Growth in the Kenyan construction sector slowed down in the third quarter of 2016, weighed down by a general slowdown in private real estate development, official statistics show. The Kenya National Bureau of Statistics says in its quarterly gross domestic…
EDITORIAL: Uhuru tax break will not make houses affordable

We take this opportunity to thank the government for heeding to calls to re-evaluate a tax incentive that it had extended to low cost house builders in a bid to boost affordable housing in the country. In his budget speech…
Panic as ban of twisted steel bars usage takes effect Apr 1

A wave of panic has swept steel dealers from across Kenya as the government’s ban on usage of twisted steel bars in construction projects draws near to taking effect. The Kenya Bureau of Standards recently announced that, beginning April 1…
Skills shortage poses major challenge for home builders

An acute shortage of skilled construction workers is emerging as one of the biggest impediments to overcoming Kenya’s housing deficit. The skilled labour crunch, which has been attributed to the latest trend where students shun technical education in favour of…
Here is why buildings collapse so frequently in Kenya

The frequent cases of collapse of buildings in Kenya have become a major concern among all the stakeholders in the local construction industry. Barely three months go by without hearing reports of a collapsed structure – which in some instances…