Kiambu County Finance Committee recommends demolition of 15-storey building
Drama unfolded in Juja Kiambu county when members of the Kiambu County Assembly Finance Committee recommended the demolition of a 15-floor building in Juja sub-county over violation of safety laws.
At the same time, the team is demanding KES60 million from the owners of the structure in unpaid revenue to the county government.
They also said they learnt that police were guarding the construction of the building to block county revenue officers from accessing it, amid claims that the premises belongs to a powerful individual.
The committee led by the chairman Zack Mbugua (Kiuu war) and Vice-Chairman James Kamau (Kikuyu) expressed shock after learning that only five floors were initially approved but 10 more were irregularly added to the structure under unclear circumstances.
Incidentally, an order was issued on October 19 last year by the County Executive Committee for the demolition of the building which is about 100 meters from the Juja sub-county offices, but construction continued unabated.
Kamau said the committee was shocked on realizing that the building that was approved for 5 floors has gone up to 15 floors in total disregard of safety issues, terming this is impunity of the worst order.
Addressing journalists after conducting an impromptu tour of the house, the committee members also expressed concern over a petrol station under construction within the premises.
They asked Governor Kimani Wamatangi to intervene and ensure the building is pulled down before disaster strikes.
Mbugua said the law must be followed, noting that over the last two to three months people have lost lives following the collapse of buildings in the county.
The MCAs move comes less than two months after a 6-storey building in Ruiru sub-county collapsed hours after 200 occupants were evacuated.
In the last year, at least five other people were killed by collapsed buildings in Kirigiti, Kiambu town and Ruaka area of Kiambaa constituency.