”This project was supposed to have taken 11 months to complete but seemingly the sub-contractor is doing nothing. I’m asking the main contractor to explain the cause of delay before action is taken against them ”, said governor Khaemba
Trans Nzoia County governor Patrick Khaemba has protested at slow pace of the construction on the 45 kilometer Kitale -Endebess -Suam road being financed by the African Development Bank (ADB) Governor Khaemba cited Vanci Engineering Company which had been sub contracted by China State Construction Engineering Corporation for the slow pace and demanded an explanation.
” This project was supposed to have taken 11 months to complete but seemingly the sub-contractor is doing nothing. I’m asking the main contractor to explain the cause of delay before action is taken against them ”, said governor Khaemba. The county boss accused the contractors of leaving huge heaps of soils that are becoming a menace for pedestrians to maneuver and that have disrupted businesses along the road.
Speaking to The Weekly Vision Online at his office in Kitale, the governor said the delay has subjected residents to a lot of suffering and is hurting businesses in Kitale town and other areas that depend on the Kitale-Endebess -Suam road for ease of movement. Khaemba said he had asked the Transport CS James Macharia to explore ways of delisting the construction company for causing the residents untold suffering. ” I’m a very unhappy man watching residents pass through untold suffering due to the slow pace at which this small stretch of road in Kitale town is being rebuilt”, he said.
The scope of the work, according to the Kenya Urban Roads Authority, includes the improvement to bitumen standard of the 2km Museum-Kitale road
The road, near Kitale museum along the Kitale -Endebess Suam road according to the governor has been abandoned with heavy machinery abandoned. Khaemba however acknowledged that the contractor had done quality of work in Endebess only to slow pace from Kitale to Matisi, something he said had subjected residents to a lot of suffering. “From the word go, the work to rebuild the road was delayed. I spoke with the Transport CS, and he agreed to have things hastened. But the way I see it, the earliest the project can be completed is the end of May 2022,” he said on Friday.
The governor said many People seeking treatment at the Kitale county referral hospital from other sub counties affected use long and rough routes. “I cannot sit and watch my people continue to suffer. This road should be treated as an emergency. It is among those the President said must be fixed as soon as possible.” Khaemba told the contractor to give him a report on what should be done to avoid confrontation with the already dissatisfied locals. He said Matatus plying the Kitale – Kiminini route are charging Ksh100 while vehicles that go through Endebes charge Sh. 150 a move he says has been caused by the delay.
Engineers from the China State Construction Engineering Corporation attributed long rains for the delay in the completion of the 2 kilometer stretch of the road in between the Kitale museum and Kitale town.
The scope of the work, according to the Kenya Urban Roads Authority, includes the improvement to bitumen standard of the 2km Museum-Kitale road.
” The work being undertaken also includes the construction of drainage structures on selected sections, construction of open drains on either side of the road, utility relocation and safety provisions and protection works”, said an engineer from the Vanci Engineering Company who didn’t want to be named.
A top official from KuRRA did not respond to texts or calls for comment. Matatu operators plying the Kitale- Endebes- Suam route threatened to call for the mother of all protests over the delayed rehabilitation of the road.
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