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Huruma building had collapsed under construction

The building that collapsed on Sunday evening in Nairobi’s Huruma estate killing three people had collapsed during the construction of top floors more than a year ago.

The Nairobi News has established that a section of the building collapsed on November 15, 2013 crushing an adjacent structure.

The incident that was reported by this publication on November 18, 2013 had residents claim that the developer was using soil instead of mortar to construct the storeyed building.

A resident, Nelson Saisi, then said the lower floors had already been occupied and the owner was adding floors.

No one was injured during the 2013 incident as it happened during the day when most people were out for work.

However, property of unknown value in the adjacent building that was fully occupied was destroyed during that time.

It was to be a disaster in waiting as a year later three people lost their lives and several others injured as the entire building came tumbling down.

On Monday, the Director of Criminal Investigations Ndegwa Muhoro asked all the people involved in the construction of the building to record statements at Starehe Police Station or face arrest.