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National Construction Authority Ag. Executive Director Eng. Maurice Akech on Friday, 17th May paid a courtesy call to Chief Justice David Maraga at his office in the Supreme Court.
The Authority was seeking audience with the President of the Supreme Court in order to further relations between the two entities.
Key on the meeting’s agenda was sensitization of the Judiciary on the NCA Act and Regulations. Since 2015, the Authority has been receiving assistance from the Environment and Land Court by way of court orders issued to enforce suspension notices on non-compliant construction sites. The Authority instituted and filed various suits across courts in the country, in Kajiado, Kisii, Thika and Nairobi, which proved to be a successful initiative leading to evident compliance on the part of the parties in the suits. However, as this is an expensive and resource intensive exercise, the Authority has embarked on the review of the National Construction Authority Act No. 41 of 2011 to enhance its enforcement and regulatory powers and activities.
Justice Elijah Obaga, Judge of the Environment and Land Court, was also present in the meeting.
Eng. Akech thanked Hon. Maraga for taking time to receive the team, as the Judiciary is a critical stakeholder in the construction industry. He also expressed his appreciation for the level of compliance demonstrated by the office when it came to the construction of courts countrywide, as all the projects were duly registered and, prior to January 2017, all requisite levies paid.
Hon. Maraga expressed his appreciation and support for the Authority and its various roles, and pledged support where necessary. “Just like NCA, the Judiciary has a role to play in creating an orderly society and protecting the rights of Wanjiku.” He was especially concerned with the recourse members of the public have when a contractor does not complete a project as expected. Section 22 of the NCA Act makes provisions for the same, whereby a subcommittee of the Authority’s Board is constituted to address any such complaints.
The Authority last had audience with the Office of the Chief Justice in November 2014, with the then office holder Dr. Willy Mutunga.