Officials: Collapsed Kenyan building that killed 12 had no occupancy permit

A building that collapsed amid heavy rains in Nairobi, killing at least 12 people and injuring at least 134, did not have an occupancy permit, officials said Saturday as they ordered its owner to turn himself in.

Details about the residential building emerged a day after its collapse on Friday, after which crowds of onlookers gathered to try to help pry victims from the rubble.

Police Inspector General Joseph Boinnet ordered the owner of the building to surrender himself to the police for questioning.

The building did not have an occupancy permit, which is a government requirement for all buildings, said Stephen Oundo, chairman of the National Construction Authority.

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