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Sonko to sue City Hall over collapsed Huruma building


Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko Mbuvi plans to sue the county government for negligence following a building collapse in Huruma on April 29 that claimed 51 lives.

Mr Sonko said he had hired six lawyers as he sues the county government on behalf of families of victims so they can be compensated.

“All these lives have been lost due to the negligence and laziness and the authorities must be made to pay. In fact, the county government has already admitted liability and fired some officials,” said the senator.

Mr Sonko defended residents against a declaration by the county government that they ought to have checked with it on whether the building was fit for habitation.

Separately, the Institution of Surveyors of Kenya (ISK) wants the government to enact the Built Environment Bill to strengthen the regulatory framework in the construction sector and prevent buildings from collapsing.

HELD RESPONSIBLE

Surveyors also wants all those involved in the collapsed Huruma building to be investigated and held responsible if found to have broken the law.

In a statement, ISK asked county governments to evacuate and demolish all buildings deemed unsafe to reduce deaths, injuries and loss of property caused during collapse due to structural failure.

ISK further wants the ministry of Lands and the National Land Commission to revoke ownership documents of all land in wetlands to prevent environmental degradation.

The government, in 2009, set up a committee to come up with a Bill to review existing laws on construction and to update outdated building code and county by-laws.