The Challenge of Collapsing City Buildings Is Bigger Than Approvals

By Stephen Christian Kaheru

The recent collapse of a multi-storey building under construction at Makerere yet again wounded the structural integrity of Kampala's rising skyline.

A fortnight later, the loud bang of a six-storey building's concrete crumbling amid a torrential downpour left Nairobi trembling through the night.

With East Africa's cities dotted with a construction boom, the mishaps that have befallen structures in Kampala remain unsettling. Although inept enforcement takes the spotlight for building disasters, relatable influences have a stake in the safety of the built environment.