Regulating Building Contractors in Kenya and Challenges of Enforcing the National Construction Authority Mandate
Esther Njoki Gacheru1, Stephen Onyango Diang’a2

Esther Njoki Gacheru, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Msc. Construction Project Planning and Management.
2Stephen Onyango Diang’a, Senior Lecturer Department of Construction Management, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT).
Manuscript received on February 15, 2015. | Revised Manuscript received on February 26, 2015. | Manuscript published on March 05, 2015. | PP: 127-133 | Volume-5 Issue-1, March 2015. | Retrieval Number: A2506035115/2015©BEIESP
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Abstract: The construction industry in Kenya has not had a regulating body since the disbandment of the National Construction Cooperation in 1988. The National Construction Authority (NCA) was then established in 2012 to regulate the construction sector and was mandated to register and regulate the undertakings of contractors. This research deals with the regulation of building contractors in Kenya and challenges of enforcing the NCA mandates. The main objective of this study is to investigate and document the challenges faced by the NCA in regulating building contractors in Kenya. Data was obtained from building contractors by means of questionnaires. The findings of the research indicated that the major challenges to the effectiveness of the NCA in registering and regulating the practices of building contractors include; corruption, poor sensitization, lack of proper organization of the NCA contractor training programs and centralization of the NCA services.
Keywords: Contractors, Kenya, NCA, regulation, registration.