The architect of the demolished Mirema building arrested

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Mirema building
Mirema building

After a residential structure fell on Sunday in Roysambu’s Mirema Drive, one person was detained and charged.

Acting County Secretary for Nairobi City County Patrick Analo confirmed the event in a message to newsrooms on Tuesday, adding that the suspect is still in police custody.

As per records in our possession, and as stated by Joseph Wakiri, a building for the development of flats was being erected on LR no. 7960/80 located along Mirema Springs Estate, on Mirema Drive, in Roysambu Sub County. This building collapsed at around midnight on September 24, 2023, according to Mr. Analo.

The developer/contractor was subsequently detained, appeared in court, and was granted a cash bail of KES 500,000; he is currently being held in Nairobi West Remand Prison.

The Nairobi County government’s urban planning department had authorized the proposal for the building’s development, but the developer had carried out the project in violation of section 16 of the Building Code & Physical & Land Use Planning Act (2019), according to Mr. Analo.

The County Secretary claimed that the developer had resisted previous attempts at arrest by law enforcement and arraignment for illegal activity.

Since then, the Nairobi City County Government has sealed the area and transported samples to the National Building Inspectorate (NBI) for testing, with quick findings anticipated.

He continued by saying that the county government had determined there was no proof of both the architect’s and engineer’s supervision.

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