The Star (Nairobi)

8 December 2012

Kenya: Nzoia Sugar Board and Residents Reject Newly-Built Dispensary

A newly-built dispensary at Kikimanyi in Webuye has been rejected by Nzoia Sugar Company board of directors and the residents.

They said the dispensary had been poorly built. The sugar company contributed Sh3 million to the building of the dispensary, which belongs to Bungoma County Council. The council had spentSh700,000 on the dispensary.

The board led by Kakai Wamocho rejected the dispensary saying the amount of money spent on it was not commensurate to the finished project. Wamocho said the project was an example of poor workmanship.

"The contractor must have colluded with our company's project manager who was overseeing the project to do a shoddy job," said angry Wamocho.

Kakai blamed the company's management for paying the contractor up front, yet he had delivered poorly finished buildings.

"As a board we believe somebody should be held responsible," he said. Wamocho said recent constructions undertaken by the company had been hurriedly done.

A spot check by the star revealed huge cracks on the newly commissioned building, with ceiling boards hanging, paint poorly applied with some rooms missing doors yet it was marked as completed a few days ago.

Nzoia projects manager Ken Abril who over saw the construction however told the star the contractor M-big construction company had done a good job and blamed it on the initial design.

"To me as a career engineer ,this exemplary work done ,the problem was the initial design of the building which was poorly done ,"he said

He said the cracks had been caused by changes in temperatures which was normal in construction.

This comes at a time when the star has reliably learnt that Abril has in the past received several warning letters from the company's managing director Saul Wasilwa on colluding with contractors to supervise poor workmanship.

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