Kenyan authorities arrest owner of the collapsed building

Rescuers search for survivors in the rubble of the collapsed building in Huruma, Nairobi.

Rescuers search for survivors in the rubble of the collapsed building in Huruma, Nairobi.

As hope to rescue survivors of the collapsed building in the Kenyan capital Nairobi fades, and the death toll mounts, police in Kenya have arrested the owner of the structure Samuel Karanja Kamau.

Mr. Kamau, whose six-storey residential building in the impoverished neighbourhood of Huruma collapsed last Friday killing 21 people and trapping hundreds is due to appear in court Tuesday.

Despite the fact that Nairobi Mayor, Evans Kidero has attributed the building’s construction and collapse to corruption, Mr. Kamau is yet to comment on the reports that he did not have proper authorization to rent out his establishment.

The doomed building came down in the middle of heavy floods that have been sweeping across Nairobi claiming dozens of lives and bring the city to a halt.