Rogue Developers Arrested in QA Exercise
NCA Executive Director Eng. Maurice Akech on Wednesday 28th October, 2020 led a quality assurance exercise during which 4 people were arrested for failure to comply with section 23(3A) of NCA Act 2011.
The quality assurance operation which covered Kileleshwa, Lavington, Eastleigh, Hamza and South B areas, was occasioned by blatant disregard of compliance requirements and multiple suspension orders issued to the respective sites by NCA.
Of the inspected sites, three in particular ones had disregarded interventions made by officers from the Authority’s Nairobi Regional Office.
In Kileleshwa, Pulse Fitness Center, the developer of the proposed conversion of an existing house into a restaurant, shops and car wash on Othaya Road, ignored suspension notices issued by NCA for non-compliance. This also came after neighbours who opposed the proposal for change of premise from residential to commercial had lodged a petition at the Environment and Land Court in Nairobi (ELC PET No. 012 of 2020) and listed NCA, NEMA, NCCG and NMS as respondents.
In Lavington, Lotus homes, the developer of proposed 2 and 3 bedroom apartments on Makueni road, had defied previous suspension orders issued due to the absence of a contractor registered with NCA, the project itself not being registered and the skilled workers and site supervisors not being accredited.
In the third instance, Bilan apartments 2, the developer of a proposed residential building on Muratina Road in Eastleigh ignored suspension orders issued for carrying out deep excavations without requisite documentation and in a manner that endangered adjacent structures.
While addressing the press, Eng. Akech said that the quality assurance exercise was important to ensure the quality of projects and arresting rogueness in the construction industry. “We want to ensure that the safety of third party users such as passers-by, the safety of would be or eventual users, and the safety of the developer’s investment are all guaranteed”.
Also present during the operation which was coordinated by NCA Nairobi Regional Coordinator Eng. Bowen Kanda, were officials from the Multi-Sectorial Agency Consultative Committee on Unsafe Buildings (MSACC).
The arrested persons were booked at Jogoo Police Station and will be arraigned in court once the investigating officer completes their investigation. Any person found guilty of disregarding a suspension order is liable to a fine of one million shillings or a jail term not exceeding three years; or both.