Masons who were working at the leaning Kinoo building have told the press they raised concerns over the structure's instability but the owner dismissed them.
Speaking to the press on Friday, September 3, the construction workers revealed that they noticed cracks in the building and informed the owner.
However, he refused to listen to their concerns and construction works continued. But on Thursday, they noticed a wider crack on one of the columns and stopped construction works.
On Friday, videos started circulating online, showing the incomplete six-storey building partially sinking into the ground.The leaning Kinoo building that partially sunk on Friday, September 3, 2021
Residents watched as the building tilted to one side and sunk in an incident that left many worried since there are other residential homes next to the structure.
Police arrived at the scene later and cordoned off the site, as they waited for experts to offer directions on the way forward, even as most shocked residents feared the structure might collapse and cause damage to neighbouring houses.
No construction workers are trapped in the building located near Kinoo shopping centre, according to the police who are manning the area.
The National Construction Authority said the structure will have to be brought down, adding that investigations will commence immediately to establish if the law was broken during the construction.
The incident comes just days after a five-storey residential building collapsed in Gachie on Monday, August 30.
Residents of Gachie area of Kiambu County said they had raised an alarm days before the five-storey residential building that was under construction collapsed.
The residents say they feared the building had not been well constructed as it was leaning towards one side, posing danger to the labourers at the site.
Their concerns were, however, ignored as the owner replaced the previous contractor with another one who was willing to proceed with the construction despite the safety alarm being raised. Three people died in the incident.The leaning Kinoo building that partially sunk on Friday, September 3, 2021died
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