- Three years earlier, in 2016, the collapse of an apartment block in Huruma Estate, Nairobi, killed 45 and this was a building that had already been condemned by the authorities.
- The current affordable housing programme only promises to deliver 500,000 homes over a five-year period.
More than 700 buildings in Kenya are condemned as unsafe yet people continue to live in them. In the past 10 years alone, over 20 buildings have collapsed, killing over 100 people and injuring thousands.
We were all quick to point fingers at the government and owners when eight children died and 64 were injured after the Precious Talent Academy collapsed in September. Yet the deaths could have been averted if users were given the tools to check that their buildings and schools were safe to use.
Three years earlier, in 2016, the collapse of an apartment block in Huruma Estate, Nairobi, killed 45 and this was a building that had already been condemned by the authorities.
[m]any do not know that the building they live in could collapse. In some cases, the caretakers and landlords have resorted to repainting to cover up the demolition signs in the form of a red ‘X’ that is placed on the building by authorities, leaving their tenants none the wiser of the dangers they face. In others, the authorities have not physically marked the building at all.