The National Construction Appeals Board paid a courtesy call to the office of the Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure and Urban Development, James Macharia on Wednesday, 6th September 2017.
The visit, which also served as a press briefing, was led by the Appeals Board Chair, Jane Michuki. She was accompanied by Festus Litiku, another member of the Board. The third member, Marilyn Musyimi, was currently out of the country on an official visit.
In attendance was the Principal Secretary, State Department of Housing and Urban Development, Arch. Aidah Munano, and NCA Executive Director, Dr. (Arch.) Daniel Manduku.
The National Construction Appeals Board is a quasi-judicial body that has been in existence since May of 2016. The Board is primarily mandated to resolve disputes that arise from decisions made by the National Construction Authority.
CS Macharia noted the critical role the Board will play in the industry, acting as a voice for the aggrieved and mediating between contractors and the Authority, ensuring the entire decision making process is free and fair. “The National Construction Appeals Board is one of the drivers that will help the construction industry meet its goals to better the
Ms. Michuki emphasized on speed of resolution. “The Appeals Board will be there for you in order to ensure quick dispute resolution…..the main areas of focus will be refusal to register as a contractor, deletion of a contractor from the official register as well as suspension of a contractor, “ she said. She also noted time is of the essence in the construction industry, and the Board will strive to resolve appeals as quickly as possible.
The Appeals Board will be furnished with an office by the Ministry, who promised to do so in the coming week. NCA, the industry regulator, has established a register of contractors, and determines the class and category of works a construction firm may be registered under. The Authority also has the power to suspend or delete a contractor from the register, stemming from various offences under the NCA Act.