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Contractors on spot over delayed projects

Rift Valley Regional Commissioner Mr. George Natembeya has maintained that there is a need for contractors working on government projects to deliver complete results within the agreed time frames provided.

Natembeya noted that the majority of contractors working on national government projects have failed to meet their mandate of delivering the same within the stipulated time.

The RC was speaking during his visit to Bomet County where he inspected several government projects which included roads, technical institutes and government offices.

“There is a serious problem with time framing, most of the projects are 10% done and we understand advanced payments have already been done to these contractors,” noted Natembeya.

The Silibwet Merigi road that winds from Bomet Central to Chemanel joining Mulot road at Bomet East Sub County, 75 kilometres, indicates the project stalled at 10.6% per cent.

Reports indicate this road project was tendered in the year 2018 and the contractors were awarded the project in 2019 September at a cost of Sh 2.8 billion and it was expected to be completed in 42 months.

While inspecting the road, Natembeya said that the government is not happy with the speed at which the Avic International Contractors are handling the project.

“The government is not happy with the pace at which the project manager here is handling this particular task which was awarded 2 years ago, we have also noted that advanced payments for the projects were made,” explained Natembeya.

However, the contractor promised to deliver the project within a deliverable time frame to cover the already wasted time.

The RC visited Soti Technical Institute which started as a community development project in the year 2014 before the government taking over in the year 2016 when it started receiving capitation funds from the government.

He also commissioned the recently built Bomet County Commander’s headquarter offices before holding a meeting with the heads of departments from the national government.

Addressing administration officers from the county, the RC urged chiefs to inform members of the public from their villages who have reached the mandatory age of acquiring ID, with the assistance of the county registrar of persons’ office to ensure they have registered for identification cards.

“Chiefs should ensure that young people who have attained the legal mandatory age of getting IDs have done the same,” Directed Natembeya.

He also noted that Bomet County was among the leading counties in the rift valley where the majority of citizens have collected their Huduma Namba cards as compared with others within the region.

By Lamech Arisa

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