The Association of Construction Managers of Kenya has recently called on the County and National Governments to draft out laws that will bring on board an independent construction project manager in all developments.
Through a statement read by the association Chairperson Mr. Nashon Okowa, the reports was confirmed and they pointed out that the initiative will streamline the construction industry which they complain has been infiltrated by quacks who masquerade as building consultants.
“There is despicable lack of construction oversight and regulations by responsible organs, Kenya as a country stands to lose from potential investors if responsible institutions fail to execute their role and functions in ensuring that the necessary building by-laws and construction regulations are adhered to.
These bodies need to realize that it is not enough to have laws but it is much more important that they are put in practice,” he lamented.
Kenya has been experiencing several construction tragedies of buildings collapsing and they are mainly due to the legal gaps in the regulation of the construction industry and lack of enforcement of the enacted laws and thus the need for a project manager.
The Association of Construction Managers has recently drafted a bill that will introduce a board that will regulate construction managers if passed into law.
“An independent project manager will come in to ensure integrity and accountability in both the design and construction process,” Mr. Okowa said.
This news comes after the collapsing of a 10 floors building in Daraja moja, Kisii that has claimed 9 lives and left several injured even as the search and rescue operation is still ongoing.
The Association of Construction Managers of Kenya (ACMK) is an association body of professionals who have come together to promote the professional practice of construction and project management in Kenya.
The association is a platform where professionals in the field of construction management and construction project management are recognized in the industry and appreciated by players in the construction industry such as the government, developers and other professionals in the industry.
The body aims to regularize and streamline the practice of construction and project management in Kenya by creating necessary codes of conduct for members, develop appropriate procedures of practice and ensure strict prequalification of members.