NCA Executive Director Eng. Maurice Akech met Director of Public Prosecutions Mr. Noordin Haji on Monday, 13th July 2020.
Mr. Haji, who was joined by the Secretary of Public Prosecutions Mrs. Dorcas Oduor, received Eng. Akech and his team at his Upper Hill office to discuss collaborations as applied to enforcement in the construction industry.
Eng. Akech was accompanied by Qs. Susan Rutto, the General Manager, Registration and Compliance, Samson Lukoba, the Corporation Secretary and Head of Legal and Wangui Kabala, the Corporate Communications Manager. He gave a brief summary of NCA’s mandate and functions, and presented the enforcement challenges the Authority has encountered in the past.
In March this year, the Business Laws Amendments Bill 2020 was enacted into law. In addition to domiciling the Building Code under NCA, it created an offence for failure to comply with a suspension notice, punishable by a jail term not exceeding three years, a fine of one million shillings or both. This is expected to enhance compliance across the industry.
The DPP was appreciative of the visit, and pledged the support of his office towards the prosecution of those who do not comply with the law. Moving forward, the ODPP will convene a taskforce with different agencies within the construction industry in order to streamline compliance and enforcement. Additionally, NCA will develop content for the Prosecution Training Institute towards building the technical capacity of the prosecutors.