NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya plans to develop a construction policy in
order to boost the safety of buildings in the country, the
industry regulator said on Monday.
Construction Agency (NCA) CEO Daniel Manduku told a media
briefing in Nairobi that rapid urbanization has created huge
demand for houses which has made some building contractors not
to adhere to strict safety standards.
policy will better streamline the construction sector by
creating a systematic framework for all players to boost the
safety and quality of construction works in the country,”
Manduku said during the commissioning of a construction industry
policy formulating task force to work on a draft policy
comes barely one month after the Nairobi county government
announced plans to demolish at least 200 buildings because
government safety experts consider them unsafe.
indicates that approximately 100 people died due to collapsed
buildings in 2017.
Manduku noted that
in the past decade, the construction industry has posted
remarkable expansion and contribution to the overall Gross
Domestic Product (GDP) of the country.
He said the new
construction policy will help to harness the current gains and
to further promote the expansion of the industry for maximum
sustainable socio-economic contribution.
He said lack of a
construction industry policy is a hindrance to effective
co-ordination efforts for the overall safety of the construction
The CEO said
achievement of Kenya’s national Economic Blue Print Vision 2030,
heavily hinges on a dependable, robust, sanitized and
competitive construction sector that adapts well to the
ever-changing market and technology influx in the regional and