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Slow progress in road construction decried

Contractors  who fail to adhere to contract terms in implementation of government projects in Homa Bay County will be  blacklisted.

The  Homa Bay County Commissioner (CC), Yatich  Kipkemei  said the slow progress of works in some of the national government projects had denied the public essential services.

Speaking  on  Wednesday in the Rachuonyo North Sub County when he led the County Development Implementation and Coordination Committee (CDICC) on an inspection tour of projects, the administrator lamented that the construction of Kadel-Kanyadhiang- Pala Road  was behind schedule by over two years.

“The contractor has only done 23 per cent of the road for the past two and a half years yet the contract period will lapse by June this year, this is not acceptable,” he said.

Yatich at the same time warned that those contractors responsible for shoddy works will also be blacklisted to avert loss of public funds.

The  Nyanza Presidential Delivery Unit Director, Gerishon  Wangira  said the committee was concerned about the low uptake of irrigation water  availed to local farmers through the Kimira- Oluch small holder farm improvement project.

He said it was regrettable that the uptake of the irrigation project by the local farmers was only at 30 per cent with the project nearing completion.

“We expect farmers to transform their livelihoods by diversifying production and adopting modern farming methods now that they can access water for irrigation at their door steps,” Wangira said.

The  Kimira Oluch project  was funded by the African Development Bank and Government of Kenya to the tune of Sh.6 billion and is expected to serve over 3000 farmers in two sub counties of Rangwe and Rachuonyo North.

By  Davis Langat

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