Huruma tragedy linked to corruption

Two State officers and Chief Quantity Surveyor have linked the Huruma tragedy which has since claimed about 35 lives and injured others to mega corruption and impunity in the housing construction industry.

The officers who included Nairobi Senator, Gideon Mbuvi alias Sonko, Eugene Wamalwa, Water Ministry Cabinet Secretary and Chief Quantity Surveyor (CQS), Moses Nyakiongora, spoke separately in Kisii.

Mbuvi lashed out at Nairobi County executive for its lethargy even after the area leaders had agreed that an audit of the buildings be conducted following a similar incident in Huruma estate earlier.

The Senator said, that instead, massive graft was allowed to blossom leading to the current loss of lives.

Wamalwa pleaded with the medics attending to the victims of the tragedy to embrace a human face upon people being rushed for emergency medical attention and to those admitted.

The CS condoled with the bereaved families and wished quick recovery to the injured

Nyakiongora termed the incident as unfortunate coming when the building among others had been inspected, found unfit for human habitation and marked for demolition.

According to the CQS, a total of 2,601 buildings had been inspected in Nairobi city out of which 226 were found to deserve urgent attention.

But Nyakiongora accused the land lords of negligence and connivance with contractors to construct sub standard houses, some on riparian areas.

He said the poorly constructed houses were to be brought down but the owners dragged their feet in refunding rent deposits to the tenants.

The CQS also blamed some tenants for continued occupation of the condemned buildings only to be killed or injured when tragedies struck.

During the occasion, a benefactor Japheth Nyakundi leased 40 motor cycles to Kitutu Chache South youth groups at Kiogo SDA church as one way of empowering them.

SOURCE: Kenya News Agency