On Tuesday morning, Kenyans woke up to the news that a seven-storey building had collapsed in Kware area, Embakasi, Nairobi.
In April last year, another storey building collapsed in Huruma, Nairobi, claiming the lives of more than 50 people.
As it is often done the Kenyan way, there was a lot of noise about the Huruma incident and promises were made to stop another similar disaster including an inventory of all buildings and suitability of the same. Tough speaking officials from the Housing ministry and Nairobi County spoke of demolishing houses that did not meet the housing standards.
When the dead were buried, life went on, and the promises were swept under the carpet.
Now that it has happened again, there will be men and women in suits spewing threats and pouring saliva from the corners of their mouths about dire consequences.Then, as usual, the time will extinguish the fire and life will go on for the rest of Kenyans as nothing of this magnitude happened.
Only the families who lose their loved ones will feel the pain and face the consequences of poor workmanship and a docile enforcement system in the country.
At Press Times, we condole with families that lost their loved ones and may those who died rest in peace.
Other Kenyans on Twitter had this to say:
My prayers are with families of victims of the eight storey building at Kware Pipeline Embakasi which sunk last night with tenants in it! pic.twitter.com/RzjR41mRbY
— Babu Owino™ (@Babu_Owino) June 13, 2017
In Embakasi, you need to walk through Pipeline, Tassia, Kware (Quarry), Stage Mpya and Tel Aviv… Then you will see what a problem we have.
— Patrick Mureu (@packmuree) June 13, 2017
There was to be an audit of all buildings in Nairobi following the Huruma incident. Its inexcusable that it has happened again in Kware
— Edwin Sifuna (@edwinsifuna) June 13, 2017
Why do we have these institutions, EACC and NCA when corruption is on a rise and buildings keep collapsing.
Kware Pipeline is not the first.
— Kevin Mc’Odongo (@McOdongoKevin) June 13, 2017
A building collapsed in Kware pipeline , how come it did not make headlines in morning news
— LM (@Lawi_Makori) June 13, 2017
Dungeons of dead in the name of flats while chasing riches in Embakasi,Eastlands and parts of Kiambu county #kwarebuildingcollapse Kware
— Chepkwony (@JogooKano) June 13, 2017
— K24 TV (@K24Tv) June 13, 2017
— PEOPLE DAILY (@PeopleDailyKe) June 13, 2017
— TUPO news (@NewsTupo) June 13, 2017