Five-storey building collapses in Kakamega
A five-storey building under construction in Kakamega town collapsed on Tuesday night damaging nearby homes.
The house at Jua Kali estate caved in under its own weight at around 11pm.
No injuries were reported, according to Kakamega police boss, Joseph Chebiias. The workers were not on site and the building is yet to be occupied. Chebii said the owner will be taken to court immediately he is arrested. They were waiting for a report from the National Construction Authority (NCA), Nema, and the county government in order to talke action.
Land CEC Alfred Matianyi said they suspect the contractor did not adhere to the set standards, hence the collapse.
Police said a watchman on duty at an adjacent building alerted occupants of nearby houses to seek safety. Investigations into the incident revealed the house belongs to one Stephen Mwaniki. He is said to have gone underground after the building collapsed and is being hunted by police.
Police have cordoned off the scene with officials from the National Construction Authority, National Environment Management Authority and the Kakamega County set to investigate cause of the collapse.
Cases of buildings crumbling owing to structural defects among other causes are rampant in Kenya. Most of the incidents have been reported in Nairobi with other cases in Kisii, Nakuru, and Kiambu.
Roughly a week later, a six-storey building under construction in Joyland Estate, Juja town also came down and on March 17 a woman was killed after a building which houses a lodging collapsed.