Sakaja Orders Crack Down on All Nairobi Buildings

  • A collage image of Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja (left) and an aerial view of Nairobi County (right).
    A collage image of Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja (left) and an aerial view of Nairobi County (right).
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  • Nairobi governor, Johnson Sakaja, formed a multi-agency team tasked with inspecting all buildings within the county.

    In a statement dated Tuesday, November 22, Sakaja announced a crackdown on all structures to ensure they are in compliance with the county laws. 

    Structural integrity, he reiterated, would be a key component under scrutiny during the inspection.

    The governor made the announcement while unveiling a new Urban Planning Technical Committee following the disbandment of the previous team

    Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja and the new Urban Planning Technical Committee posing for a photo in Nairobi on November 23, 2022.
    Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja and the new Urban Planning Technical Committee posing for a photo in Nairobi on November 23, 2022.
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    The new team was also tasked with approving all building plans for projects set to be undertaken within the city.

    "As part of our building sector reforms, the newly inaugurated Urban Planning Technical Committee, which approves all building plans, will also play a role in building compliance. 

    "The new team consists of Margaret Njuki- NEMA, Plan. Racheal Kisiangani- Kenya institute of planners, Architect Brenda Nyawara, Stanley Kimani - Nairobi Water, Engineer Jane Mutulili,  Christine Ogut, Dr Abdulmalik Gichuki," he stated.

    However, the team did not provide the guidelines and schedule for the inspection process.

    Kenyans.co.ke efforts to reach the governor's office on the same also proved futile.

    The directive by Sakaja came days after a number of buildings collapsed within the Nairobi Metropolis.

    Scores were injured and a few deaths were reported in the tragedies, forcing the Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI) to intervene. 

    "The county has also forwarded the names of three officers to the DCI for further investigations.

    “If I find any officer from Nairobi County culpable, at any point, for allowing construction of non-compliant developments to continue, they will go home and be charged," Sakaja warned. 

    The collapsed residential building in Gachie, Kiambu County.
    A file image of the residential building in construction in Gachie that collapsed on Monday, August 30.
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