Kenya's Long History of Housing Disasters

By Robert Kibet

Nairobi — The Kenyan authorities have promised dire punishment for all those responsible for the collapse of a six-storey apartment building in Nairobi's low-income Haruma suburb on Friday, in which at least 16 people died and scores are still missing.

The draconian response is familiar to Kenyans, but it doesn't seem to put an end to the corruption and poor oversight that allows these tragedies to repeatedly occur.

President Uhuru Kenyatta visited Haruma - where Red Cross workers and local volunteers in lashing rain were scrambling to dig people out of the rubble - and vowed that the owners of the building would be arrested.