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Residents concerned about ongoing construction before the investigative report is out

Nyamira residents are protesting the ongoing construction of the collapsed assembly building despite the authorities denying the same last week.

The residents led by Fred Mose cited the endangered lives of the construction site workers who are doing the work at the place which should be closed for investigations to conclude before construction resumes.

“It is barely two weeks since our brothers almost lost lives at the construction site and we can see construction works going on despite authorities saying there shall be no further works at the site until investigations are concluded,” said Mose on Thursday.

The multi-million modern assembly block collapsed two weeks ago injuring eight construction workers who were rescued from the rubble of the building and rushed to the Nyamira County Referral Hospital for treatment.

National Construction Authority boss Maurice Akech had said the authority together with other bodies concerned will carry out investigations into the collapse of the building before they release the official report which will determine whether the building will be condemned or construction will go on.

“After we get the full report from our investigations. We will be able to determine the next cause of action but we call upon our residents to be calm as this was a safe collapse since we did not have any fatalities,” said Akech.

The Interior boss Fred Matiang’i who also visited the site last weekend said the investigations will be carried out and appropriate action will be taken against anyone found culpable of the collapse, citing criminal element in the entire process of the construction of the building.

“We have instructed the DCI to take appropriate action immediately the report over the collapse of the building is out. We highly suspect there must be a criminal element in the entire process of constructing this building but we will have those culpable dealt with according to the law,” Matiang’i said.

Residents now want any activity going on halted until the report from investigating agents is out to establish whether construction will proceed or not.

By Darlington Mose

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