Cement consumption declined by 7.2 per cent in the third quarter of 2019 from 531,119 metric tons in August 2018 to 492,695 metric tons in 2019.
According to the December update of leading economic indicators by Kenya National Bureau of Statistics, cement consumption in 2019 has been tracking those of 2018, except in March and April (2019) where cement consumption was more than those in 2018.
This is an indication that building activity has subsided comparatively. The data which measures cement consumption from 2015 to 2019, shows that 2016 had the highest level of cement consumption.
The value of approved buildings in the first half of the year increased by 12.4 per cent compared to 2018. However, there were no building approvals in the month of April, 2018.
Similar data for galvanized iron sheet production shows that production has increased in every month of 2019, in the year to June.
The Architectural Association of Kenya (AAK) recently, raised issues with the freeze on approval of building plans by Nairobi County government saying the situation is likely to affect building activity in 2020.