Good morning fellow Kenyans,
We start the day on a sad note after dozens of Kenyans are feared trapped following the collapse of a four-storey in Kericho town on Tuesday night.
Poor workmanship reportedly led to the collapse of the building.
Despite the number of casualties remaining unknown yet, Kenya’s long history of housing disasters is well-documented with failed construction structures being on the rise.
After eight buildings collapsed and killed 15 people in Kenya in 2018, President Uhuru Kenyatta ordered an audit of all the country’s buildings to see if they were up to code.
The National Construction Authority (NCA) found that a whopping 58% of the buildings in Nairobi alone were unfit for habitation.
A few buildings, in what many termed as public relations stunt, were brought down across the city as we waited for the next disaster.
According to the NCA, a lack of coordinated efforts has led to a proliferation of the industry with quack practitioners with developers taking advantage of the inadequate capacity to effectively enforce the building and infrastructural standards.
Let’s pray for victims of the Kericho disaster as we condemn failure by the authorities to ensure such substandard buildings do not claim the lives and property of innocent Kenyans.
Here are the stories making headlines on Opera News today:
Why Waiguru Ouster Will Collapse
Kirinyaga MCAs tried Wednesday to dim Governor Anne Waiguru’s political star in Central but their victory could be short-lived as the impeachment battle moves to the Senate.
Waiguru, a close ally of President Uhuru Kenyatta and Opposition chief Raila Odinga, was dealt a major political blow after MCAs unanimously impeached her in a four-hour chaotic sitting.
Tanga Tanga Woman Rep Agrees to Work With Raila on ‘National Unity’
Laikipia Woman Rep Cate Waruguru has made a U-turn on her criticism of the Handshake and the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) and has agreed to work with Raila Odinga and President Uhuru Kenyatta on critical national issues.
This after the staunch supporter of DP William Ruto held talks with the ODM Party leader at Capitol Hill offices on Tuesday. She was accompanied by Minority Whip and Suna East MP Junet Mohammed.
‘Criminal Cops on Their Own, we Won’t Protect Them’
On the first day of the curfew, there was a serious incident in Likoni where some of the officers who were erratic ended up beating people.
This was very unfortunate. Police have a clear mandate to protect life and property.
Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru was impeached by the county’s ward representatives over alleged abuse of office and gross violation of the law. However, a number of pundits have raised serious fundamental questions of the law over how the entire process was carried out with the county assembly being accused of acting in contempt of the High Court by proceeding with the impeachment motion. Do you think Waiguru will survive the ouster in the Senate or should she await the fate that befell her Kiambu counterpart Ferdinand Waititu?