As part of Open Governance commitments and to ensure timely completion of projects, the County Government today held its annual contractors/suppliers forum at Iten Polytechnic where a myriad of issues were discussed, mainly the challenges in the implementation of projects including;
- Shoddy Work by Contractors
- Stalled projects
- Delayed payments for work done
- Rolled over funds due to delayed implementation of projects
- Contentious issues surrounding Bill of Quantities.
- Contracts for Special interest groups, among many others.
The forum was chaired by H.E Governor Alex Tolgos and in attendance were Deputy Governor Wisley Rotich, CECs, County technical staff, MCAs led by Deputy Speaker Christopher Chemosong who represented the County Speaker.
The County officials responded to the issues raised by the contractors, with the Governor giving a 20 point plan to address the issues before the next contractors’ meeting.
The Contractors, led by their Chairman Mr Andrew Cheboi appreciated the County initiative to hold the contractors’ forum saying most issues that had been raised in previous meetings had been addressed while solutions to others were in the pipeline.
“If we continue like this, we shall eradicate all bottlenecks that hamper efficient service delivery in our County,” he said.
He led contractors in commending the County procurement directorate for fairness in the award of contracts and also the finance department for timely payment of work done, citing them as some of the achievements of the forum.
He thanked the Governor for the reforms he had initiated in the County through open governance saying it had given stakeholders in the County platforms to voice issues pertaining County governance.
A comprehensive report on today’s (January 24, 2020) forum will soon be uploaded in the County website www.elgeyomarakwet.go.ke as part of the County’s access to information reforms