Police have arrested the contractor of a two-storey building that collapsed on Monday, 13th September, in Kisumu’s Mamboleo Estate, killing three people.
The bodies of the three victims identified as Victor Odhiambo, 29, Florence Odhiambo, 25, and Beatrice Awuor, 30, were recovered on Monday evening and taken to the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital mortuary.
The 1:30pm tragedy left seven people injured, and several others trapped under the rubble.
Gilbert Aono, the contractor of the building was arrested on Monday evening and locked up at Kondele Police Station and he is expected to be arraigned today.
The owner of the building is still in hiding as police continue searching for him.
According to the National Construction Authority (NCA), the collapsed building was inspected twice and activities at the site stopped in May 2021 over safety concerns.
The owner, however, continued with the construction behind the authority’s back.
The incident comes barely one week after a five-storey building partially collapsed in Kinoo, Kiambu County.
The building was on Monday, 6th September, safely demolished under the supervision of engineers from the NCA and county government officials.
Another five-storey building collapsed in Gachie in Kiambu County, killing three workers.
The tragedy occurred at around 3:45pm on Monday, 30th August, when construction workers were putting up the sixth floor of the building.
More than 10 people, including construction workers, who had been trapped in the debris, were rescued.