Kenya’s acting Lands Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has criticized the Kenya Architecture Association and other construction watchdogs in the country for failing to punish members involved in unsafe construction.
According Matiang’i the country has been facing various tragic houses collapsing and so far no action has been taken by architecture bodies such as The Board of Registration of Architects and Quantity surveyors and called upon the bodies to take actions.
He added that there have been a series of houses collapsing most recently in Makongeni, Roysambu and Huruma which injured many and others claimed life’s of innocent tenants.
Matiang’i said the primary Investigations have been blamed on poor workmanship, professional negligence and incompetence of architects, a result which puts a spotlight to architects associations for nor taking necessary action.
The CS was addressing the inauguration of board members of the National Construction Authority in Nairobi early this week and called upon all stake holders in the construction industry to take responsibility to ensure that the industry records some growth.
He also added that various bodies involved in the construction industry should come up with strict measure that will see a good improvement and security in the industry.
Kenya Architecture Association takes interests and participates, as a public watchdog, in the setting up of building construction standards through local authority by-laws.