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Cow boy contractors are back, Public Accounts Committee chair claims

Chairman of the parliamentary accounts committee, Opiyo Wandayi has called on public watchdog agencies to help flag out cowboy contractors who have permeated the road construction sector.

Wandayi said the cow boy contractors who had been vanished some time back were slowly returning to business and together with corrupt civil servants were fleecing the public of millions of shillings through shoddy works.

Speaking to the media in Ugunja town the PAC chairman lamented that there was a lot of wastage in the road construction sector.

“The shadowy firms are colluding with officials from the roads authorities and the Ministry of Infrastructure to clear payments to the contractors despite their doing poor work,” he charged

“There is a lot of wastage and corruption in this sector that requires attention of the investigators and other public watch dog agencies” said Wandayi who is also the Ugunja Constituency Member of Parliament.

He said the country cannot close its eyes on the wastage in this sector as most of the money involved were loans from foreign donors that must be repaid by tax payers.

“The Auditor General must move in and pay keen attention on road construction projects where there is a lot of wastage and corruption,” he said.

On education, the legislator called on the ministry of education to come out clearly on the way forward for the new curriculum and lamented that from the look of things, top ministry officials have been handling the matter casually.

He said the issue touches on the future of the country and a clear calendar of implementation must be developed.

“We would want a clear statement and this time round, it must come from the ministry of education or the presidency as it is a matter that concerns the whole country and its future,” said Wandayi.

By Philip Onyango


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