NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 11 – National Construction Authority and the National Environment Management Authority say they will now focus more on educating Kenyans on the necessary legal requirements for developers to avoid demolitions.
The institutions say that with some 4,000 buildings targeted for demolition, there is urgent need for professionals to review the legal approval process as a means of safeguarding future construction projects and avoid losses occasioned by demolitions.
Ongoing demolition in the country targets buildings that have been constructed without following the due legal process.
NCA and NEMA, who sit on the technical committee charged with auditing unsafe buildings and those built on wetlands, say that the current demolition action whose primary focus is reclaiming riparian land in Nairobi is an example of what could happen if asset owners neglect to follow the due legal process.
According to NEMA, non-compliance includes adding extra units on top of the approved ones, encroachment into the road reserve, encroachment into the riparian reserve and failure to observe the building line and setbacks.
“Even when approval has been granted, failure to comply with the approval conditions is attracting demolition by the county government,” says Leah Muthoni Mutonyi, HEW Consultant and Environmental Expert, NEMA.
“Demolition leads to a lot of destruction on construction equipment and materials coupled with financial losses. It is therefore very necessary for developers to understand how to avoid it,” she adds.
The two authorities also announced that they will utilize The Big 5 Construct East Africa, the official Exhibition of National Construction Week Kenya, to highlight these issues.
The event, which is in its second edition, will include 40 workshop sessions which will cover a wealth of added topics under themes of Affordable Housing, Technology & Design in Building Construction, Project Management and Engineering, Sustainability in Construction including a dedicated series for Women in Construction.
The Big 5 Construct East Africa will also bring over 220 exhibitors from more than 20 countries including Qatar, Germany, Turkey, France, Italy, China and Greece to showcase the latest building innovations and solutions.