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Rogue contractors put on notice

Contractors delaying completion of national government projects in Kisumu County have been put on notice.

The  Kisumu County Commissioner (CC), Abdi Hassan said it was unfortunate that a number of government projects in the area had stalled despite being fully funded.

The CC cited the construction of a multimillion dam in Nyando Sub-County which is yet to kick off two years after the contract was awarded.

Similarly, he said a number of key road projects in the area have stalled even after the government paid the contractors.

Hassan said the affected contractors shall be arrested and prosecuted to ensure that the projects are implemented fully for the benefit of the people.

“When you came to us and signed a contract you agreed to complete the work within the agreed schedule. Therefore we are not going to bargain with you on this,” he said.

Speaking on Sunday at Jomo Kenyatta Sports Grounds in Kisumu during Mashujaa Day Celebrations, Hassan called for collaboration between the national government, county government and the community to ensure that government funded programs in the area are implemented to the letter.

The CC at the same time, said all sub-county security intelligence committees have been strengthened to deal with rising cases of burglary.

Security  officers, he added were on the lookout for suspects masquerading as police officers in the area whom he blamed for the recent wave of insecurity.

The  administrator added that plans for the forthcoming national examinations in the area have been finalised and expressed optimism that the exercise shall run smoothly.

He cautioned teachers and students against engaging in cheating adding that stern action will be taken against any individual found engaging in the vice.

The  Kisumu Governor, Prof. Anyang Nyong’o said the county government was in the process of employing 176 health workers on locum to deal with the current shortage.

Nyong’o said the workers are expected to help in the implementation of the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) program which is being piloted in the county.

The  county government, he said shall capitalize on the new workforce and other donor funded health workers to ensure that health services are not interrupted in an event of a strike by health workers like the recent one which paralyzed operations in the health sector.

By  Chris Mahandara

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