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Another building collapses in Kenya in less than a week

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Another building collapses in Kenya in less than a week

Nairobi, Nov 18 (Prensa Latina) The collapse of another building under construction in Kenya was allegedly caused by investor corruption, a common occurrence in the country, according to an official source.

The multi-story building collapsed on Thursday, leaving two dead and three people rescued, is the second such collapse in a week.

Njuguna Kawanjiku, Member of Parliament for Kiambaa constituency, stated that this is corruption because nobody wants to touch such a property because “the owners are probably known, they have the power, they have the money to bribe everywhere.”

He demanded the need to amend this situation and empower entities such as the National Construction Authority in the absence of power to demolish a building in sub optimal conditions.

Last Tuesday a seven-story building collapsed in the capital, leaving three fatalities and five injured. The owner of the property, who was to be arrested and charged, is on the run, according to authorities.

In 2015, eight buildings collapsed in Kenya, killing 15 personas. An audit by the National Building Authority, pronounced 58 per cent of the buildings in Nairobi unfit to live in.

High demand for housing in the Kenyan capital means that some investors often evade regulations, making building collapses a common issue,the investigation said.

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