The Star (Nairobi)

28 January 2013

Kenya: Outcry Over Narok Builder

NAROK Traders have accused a contractor awarded a tender to improve the town's drainage system of delaying repair works.

Addressing a joint press conference in Narok town at the weekend, the traders expressed fears the council will soon be dissolved and no one will be held responsible.

Led by local Chamber of Commerce and Industry chairman William ole Supeyo and Narok Taxi Association chairman Jonathan Kuntai, they asked the local town council to revoke the contract.

"The contractor has failed to meet the deadline and disappeared after demolishing the existing culverts. Nothing has been going on for the last two months and these gaping holes are a danger to residents," said Supeyo.

He adds that the site is a danger zone because no signs to alert people of the ongoing constructions have been erected. On his part Kuntai said taxi operators have incurred huge losses because they are forced to use long routes.

"We are calling upon the town council to revoke this contract because it is clear that the contractor is not interested in completing the work. As taxi operators we have run into huge losses because we are forced to use long routes to pick and drop our clients," said Kuntai.

He threatened to stop remitting taxes if the council fails to act immediately, adding that some people may be colluding to misappropriate the funds meant for the improvement of the drainage system.

The government through the Department of Urban Development has set aside Sh442million to fund various projects for the Narok town Council this financial year.

The first batch of funds, amounting to sh242million, has been earmarked for improving the drainage system to avert perennial flash floods during the rainy season.

The Council's outgoing Finance Chairman Dennis ole Naisho however shunned fears of delays saying the work will be completed within the stipulated time.

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