The Star (Nairobi)

11 January 2014

Kenya: Laikipia Road Work Stopped

An MP has accused some members of the Laikipia county assembly of sabotaging development projects.

Laikipia East MP Anthony Mutahi accused Umande ward representative Mwangi Maruga of inciting youths to demand hefty pay from a road contractor building a 42-kilometre road in Daiga division.

On Tuesday, youth in Umande burnt tyres and blocked roads demanding that the contractor pays them Sh500, up from the minimum Sh300 recommended by Kenya Rural Roads Authority for casual labourers.

Yesterday, Mutahi toured the division and lamented that the grader deployed at the area is lying idle in the MCA's home for lack of fuel.

He accused the county government of mixing its priorities. He said the county government hired graders for the 15 wards late last year.

"The county government is losing close to Sh1 million per day as the machines are not working due to lack of fuel. The owners will at the end of the day demand their pay, work done notwithstanding," Mutahi said.

This comes at a time when a report released by the office of the Controller of Budget indicated that the Laikipia government spent more than Sh142 million on personnel emoluments and Sh90 million on operations maintenance.

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