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Group seeks piece of local projects

Surveyors call for meeting to ensure that most of the work especially on the low cost housing, is done by local firms

Daily Nation (Kenya)24 May 2018BY JAMES KARIUKI jkariuki@ke.nationmedia.com

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Left to right: Institute of Quantity Surveyors of Kenya (IQSK) secretary Mutinda Mutuku, chairman Andrew Mandere, vice-chairman Peter Kariuki, registrar Jennifer Musyimi and a council member, Mr Andrew Mbuku, during a press conference in Nairobi.

Quantity surveyors are pushing for a multisectoral conference to ensure the inclusion of local building environment professionals and companies in the planned 500,000 lowcost housing plan, among other projects.

The Institute of Quantity Surveyors of Kenya (IQSK) Council chairman Andrew Mandere said “patriotismof-purpose” should guide the government when planning the execution of nationwide contracts to ensure that locals benefit.

“Think how more small and medium Kenyan firms will be engaged. Empower local contractors, built-environment professionals, artisans and offer incentives to the local private sector to spur increased investments in social housing,” he said.

Mr Mandere called for policy changes to accommodate cheap but high quality building technologies to enhance realisation of the Jubilee government’s dream.

“Let us come up with standards for factory-built panels to promote large-scale investments in building materials production, which could later be sold to certified building firms for implementation of projects across Kenya,” he said.i.

The surveyors said the law must be changed to make it mandatory to have quantity surveyors’ input in execution of infrastructure projects to safeguard taxpayers’ money, ensuring that quality jobs are done and completed in time.

“Thirty per cent of all public projects suffer malpractices (graft) that lead to inflation of costs as well as poor quality. If you had a quantity surveyor at every level of construction of a dam, road, railway or bridge among other project, we would get things done right saving Kenyans lots of money.” The IQSK said the budgetary allocation for QS role should be factored in at the planning stage of a project as is the case for civil engineers for Kenyans to have public representatives.