Construction industry players seek laws to govern the sector

November 13, 2016 1:20 pm
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They say the recent tragedies of buildings collapsing are 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/FILE
They say the recent tragedies of buildings collapsing are 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/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 13- The Association of Construction Managers of Kenya has called on the National and County Governments to enact laws that will bring on board an independent construction project manager in all developments.

In a statement read by the association Chairperson Nashon Okowa on Saturday, they pointed out that the move will streamline the industry which they complain that it has been infiltrated by quacks who masquerade as building consultants.

“There is despicable lack of construction oversight and regulations by responsible organs,” he lamented.

“Kenya as a country stands to lose from potential investors if responsible institutions fail to perform their role 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.”

They say the recent tragedies of buildings collapsing are 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 has 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,” he said.

This comes after the collapsing of a 10 floors building in Kisii that has claimed 9 lives and left several injured even as the search and rescue operation continues.

The death toll has risen to nine after a male body was recovered from the debris on Saturday morning.

Nine people are still missing and many suspected to be trapped under the debris.

Such incidents have claimed hundreds of lives in the country largely due to poor workmanship coupled with corruption in the agencies approving such structures.

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