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Government moves to address challenges of stalled projects 

The   government  is  contemplating  re-awarding contracts  for stalled road construction projects in Kisii County as an option to address challenges hindering completion of various government projects in the area.

The  Nyanza  Regional Commissioner (RC), James Kianda and Senior Delivery Director from the Presidential Delivery Unit, Ms. Truphosa  Awuor led the Nyanza Regional Development Coordination Committee on a visit to two stalled road projects in the county to seek to address challenges hindering progress.

The  team in conjunction with the County Development Implementation Committee visited the stalled roads totaling 101 kms and on which Sh. 400million had already been allocated.

They include Keboko- Nyangusu-Nyamache- Nyacheki, and, Omoringamu- Kenyenya-Motonto-Paraineye- Mesesi- Tabaka-Bonyancha-Iyabe -Sengera- Nyakoiba roads.

Addressing  residents  at  Kenyenya shopping centre, Kianda termed as a disservice to the taxpayers when such development  stalled  but assured them development activities like transportation of tea leaves to factories will go on smoothly  once  action is taken  soon.

The  RC noted corruption was at play in procedures used to issue some contracts for government projects but assured that the president had moved to arrest the challenges by forming the committees.

“Possibilities  for blacklisting perpetual defaulters and trouble makers who hinder development should be explored through the National Construction Authority,” said Kianda.

The  team  was  informed  the project worth Sh. 1.4billion had only 1.5% of the work done since the work was awarded three  years.

This  was  before  termination of works by Kenya Urban roads Authority (KURA) for the contractor who had similar challenges with other contracts in  Nandi  and Machakos counties.

The  contractor had gone to court over allegations of un-procedural contract termination but the court requested him and  the KURA to solve the matter out of court although an agreement is yet to be reached.

The  County PDU Director, Melchizedeck  Onguso requested that the contractor and the assignee be given between one and two  weeks to solve the matter so that construction works can resume soon.

By  Jane  Naitore

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