National Construction Authority (NCA) will punish structural developers who fail to register their projects before commencing work.
At the same time, those planning to put up buildings whether at home or in towns must engage qualified contractors to carry out the works for them with a view to avoiding shoddy works.
NCA Nyanza South Regional Coordinator Engineer Meshack Otieno warned that those going against the instruction risked attracting a heavy punishment of up to 3 years imprisonment or up to Sh 1 million fine and, up to Sh 100,000 per day for continuing offence.
Speaking in Migori town during deliberations of the Migori County Service Delivery Committee held at the IFAD hall Thursday, Eng. Otieno said strict adherence to the rule of civil engineering works will help curb cases of collapsing buildings currently witnessed in many parts of the country.
In accordance with regulation 17, all construction works, contracts or projects either in public or private sector shall be registered with the Authority. This applies to all construction projects- civil, electrical and mechanical works, he told the forum chaired by County Commissioner Joseph Rotich.
Once an owner has registered his or her project with the NCA, the authority will issue a compliance certificate before the work can be kicked off.
In partnership with the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA), NCA has ensured that heavy building sites are free of accidents by ensuring they are managed by both technical and skilled contractors, the owners have compliance certificates and the safety of workers is guaranteed, among other measures.
NCA always ensures that the sites are safe for both workers and outsiders, and have sign boards showing all approvals and the professionals engaged in the projects. Anything going against these requirements is punishable as per the stated penalties, declared Eng. Otieno.
He said NCA is empowered to accredit and register contractors and regulate their professional undertakings.
NCA also develops and publishes a code of conduct for the construction industry, besides promoting and ensuring quality assurance in the sector.
In Migori alone, a total of 31 sites have been issued with compliance certificates as from January 2018, 170 sites inspected, and 52 suspended for various reasons. A total of another 83 contractors were registered over the same period.
Meanwhile, Eng. Otieno has revealed that the body has condemned for demolition five buildings worth Sh50 million in Kisii town, and has prosecuted two others in court for going against the existing civil engineering works.
Source: Kenya News Agency