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Why Githurai residents want renovations on this building stopped

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Wanini House in Githurai which almost collapsed three months ago. PHOTO | NYABOGA KIAGE

By NYABOGA KIAGE

Residents of Progressive area in Githurai have asked the National Construction Authority (NCA) to halt renovations on a building that almost collapsed three months ago.

The area residents are also calling for action to be taken against the engineers overseeing its construction.

When Nairobi News visited the area on Thursday, construction was going on in the building which is known as Wanini House, with masons trying to put it back to shape.

This is despite a clear a mark by NCA showing that the building is unfit for habitation.

Three months ago, tenants were forced to vacate from the building after it sank on one side and almost collapsed.

“The building almost came down and tenants were asked to vacate. We thought it would be brought down, but that is not happening,” said Amos Kinyua, an area resident.

DEMOLITION

A former tenant in the building, who identified herself as Ms Marita Muia, recounted how the building shifted to one side during that incident three months ago.

“What is going on there is illegal and everyone knows that. Action should be taken against the owner,” she said.

Another resident by the name Evans Makori expressed fear that tenants who are unaware of the risk posed by the building poses may end up renting houses.

“The owner may even take advantage of the current market rates to hike rent after completing the renovations. This should be not be allowed to happen,” said Mr Makori.

Curiously, Wanini House is not the only building in the area marked for demolition by the National Construction Authority.

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