The Star (Nairobi)

25 April 2012

Kenya: DC Suspends Construction of Gatundu Bus Terminus

Gatundu DC Ngumo Karuku has suspended the construction of Gatundu matatu terminus. The reinforcement wall of the Sh170 million being constructed by the Ministry of Local Government are cracked, exposing residents to danger. Ngumo visited the scene after residents reported that the wall is likely to collapse due to ongoing rains. Ngumo said it was evident that the contractor's work is shoddy.

An engineer with the ministry, Silas Nyambok, visited the scene and said an expert will be sent to the site to give professional advice. When the Star visited the site, large cracks along the six meter high wall were clearly evident.

The terminus has been controversial since it's inception over an year ago, with local leaders claiming that the contractor, Pathway Contractors, has been slow on the job.

Councillor John Ndung'u accused the contractor of arrogance and said he behaved as someone with political connections. He said that money which has already been given to the contractor in terms of millions of shillings is not reflected on what has been done on the ground.

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