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Constructors to blame for collapse of buildings

By Raphael Mbiku | March 13th 2016

Last week's collapse of a four-storey building in Nairobi’s Zimmerman area should be a wake up call for the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development to conduct thorough audit checks on buildings.

The defect and imminent collapse has saved lives of many who had plans of shifting to the building. This is not the first time such a thing is happening though.

Generally, investors finish up their buildings in a hurry in a bid to rent them out.

Their quest is to complete as fast as they can without incurring much effort and resources and the result is often a poorly done project.

Even when they do not collapse on their own, some projects end up being demolished since they are not worth occupying anyway. Constructors should dedicate their time, money and labour in building constructions to ensure safety.

Vigilant checkouts on already existing building are also called for. The stakeholders should do what it takes to mitigate such accidents.

Insurance companies would be proud to insure rental properties that are in good state.

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