Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja has called upon developers in the building sector to ensure they work closely with professionals within the built environment in obtaining approvals and supervision during construction.

He was speaking when he met new members of the reconstituted Nairobi City County Urban Planning Technical Committee which has been reconstituted to facilitate the evaluation and consideration of applications for development permission submitted to the planning authority.

The new members include Margaret Njuki from NEMA, Racheal Kisiangani (Kenya Institute of Planners), Brenda Nyawara (Architectural Association of Kenya, AAK), Stanley Karaya Kimani (Nairobi Water). Jane Mutulili (Engineers Board of Kenya), Christine Ogut (The Institution of Engineers of Kenya) and Abdulmalik Gichuki of the Kenya Alliance of Resident Associations (KARA). The technical committee is under the county’s Lands, Housing and Urban Planning sector and Is responsible for consideration and approval of development application.

It is a requirement of relevant sector-building laws that developers hire and retain the services of qualified and registered professionals to be involved in the project process from inception and during construction. These professionals include Urban Planners, Architects, Surveyors, and Structural Engineers. Unscrupulous developers have been known to disengage from the service of key professionals, without notice, once approved by necessary authorities. This has in the past led to the loss of lives and property from buildings collapsing.

The Governor has cautioned that developers who do not observe standards, avoid involving professionals, and those found cutting corners will be charged in accordance with the law.

 “Before anything is approved in this city it will be your responsibility to ensure standards are adhered to, we shall not allow illegal development in the city and private developers involved in illegalities will be prosecuted. We must visualize the Nairobi we want in the future and realize this vision, build the Nairobi we want,” he said.

“We know developers sometimes opt to let go of professionals after the approval process, cutting costs, we cannot accept this. As members of the committee, I call on you to ensure what is approved is what is built.”

He called on the public to raise the alarm against developers who continued to build even when buildings have been condemned by any government agency.