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Nakuru contractors will only be paid once projects are approved

07 April 2014, 22:02 Wilshere

Nakuru - Nakuru County Executive for Roads and Public Works Joel Maina has said that contractors will only be paid once their projects have been approved by engineers.

Maina quashed the ongoing rumours that contractors under his dockets are not being paid, saying the county government is not paying for projects that are not completed as agreed in the contracts.

"We are paying contractors who have completed their works but not for projects that have not been approved b y our officials," he said.

He further said that contractors who have successfully finished their projects are paid their money directly to the bank accounts within 14 days as outlined in the 2010 constitution.

Speaking on Saturday during a press briefing in Nakuru town, Maina said that his ministry has a budget allocation of KES 330 million for this financial year which is intended to carry out roads projects in various roads at ward level.

He also said that his ministry will not be returning any money to the national treasury adding that more money is still needed to improve road infrastructure in the county.

"We have budget allocation of KES 330 million which we are not intending to return to treasury because we have a lot of projects that are still pending," he said.

The county executive pointed out that it will be a shame to Nakuru government to return money to the central government yet farmers in the county are still suffering due to the poor road accessibility.

Maina at the same time said that contractors who have not completed their works as agreed risk their contracts being revoked by the county government.

He said that his ministry is planning to complete the gravelling and grading of all the roads in the county before the rainy season begins.

"We might revoke some of the contracts if the contractors would not have finished their projects within the stipulated time," he said.

Maina said that currently his ministry is working on improvement of roads, drainage and installation of highmast lighting in Karagita, Kihoto, Kamere and Kasarani in Naivasha sub-county.

He also said that on 16th of this month the county government of Nakuru in collaboration with Kenya Informal Settlement Improvement Projects (KISIP) are expected to start the improvement of  17

Kilometers of roads in Rhonda, Kamptembwo and Gilani estate in Nakuru town.

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