Couple dies as building collapses in Ruaka

In Ruaka, relatives of the deceased struggled to come terms with the loss of their loved ones.

Piece by: ALLAN KISIA
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• Kiambu Governor Kimani Wamatangi visited the scene to condole with the family.

• In Ruaka, relatives of the deceased struggled to come terms with the loss of their loved ones.

Fredrick Kamau holds portraits of his parents Peter Juthi, 72 and wife Faith Wambui, 60 who died after a building under construction collapsed on their house at Ruaka area on November 17
Image: ANDREW KASAKU

A building under construction in Ruaka, Kiambu County, collapsed on a couple's home early on Thursday morning, resulting in their deaths.

The couple was sleeping in their iron sheet cottage next to the construction site when the six-story structure at Old Ruaka Road collapsed around 3.30 am.

The incident happened barely two months after five people lost their lives in Kirigiti near Kiambu town after a seven-storey building under construction collapsed.

The building also fell on nearby houses killing five, among them a woman and two children. Six others were seriously injured during the incident.

In Ruaka, relatives of the deceased struggled to come terms with the loss of their loved ones.

Antony Karomo, who lost his elder brother, held back tears as he narrated how he rushed to the scene only to find his relative dead.

Their three children were unhurt as they live in another house in the compound.

“I live in the next building and when I heard the bang, I rushed outside. With the help of others who had come, we pulled out the rubbles but unfortunately my brother and his wife had died,” he said.

Watchmen who were guarding the site escaped unhurt.

Kiambu Governor Kimani Wamatangi visited the scene to condole with the family.

He regretted that cases of buildings collapsing in the country had become common.

“We have agreed to sit down and find immediate ways of addressing this menace. We cannot continue to lose innocent lives like this,” Wamatangi said.

The governor said initial investigations have shown the contractor did not comply with construction regulations.

“People must face the law if they commit offences. If contractors do not want loses, they must adhere to the rules. We will demolish all buildings that have not been properly built,” he said.

“We will not wait for buildings to collapse. We will pull them down.”

Kiambu county commissioner Joshua Nkanathan said there was little possibility of people being trapped under the rubbles.

“No one is trapped under the rubbles. We will now start the next step of clearing the site,” he said.

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