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County to terminate more than 200 contracts

By January 17, 2023 No Comments

At least 200 contractors in Elgeyo Marakwet County risk being blacklisted and their contracts terminated.

Governor Wisley Rotich sounded the alarm on Tuesday during a staff meeting at the county headquarters.

Mr Rotich said contractors on his radar include those who have been identified to have have done shoddy works and those whose contracts are behind schedule

He said forthwith, contracts will strictly be valid for 90 days warning that those who failed to honour their contractual terms will have them terminated.

Towards the end of last year, the governor formed a taskforce that went across the county to inspect the status of projects. The report noted several incomplete projects, with some had been under construction for more than six years.

He said: “We cannot pay for substandard work. This is public money a d should be utilized for the purpose intended.I am sending this warning that no contractor should be paid for incomplete and shoddy work. Such contractors will be blacklisted.”

The Governor who was speaking during the launch of a 100 days Rapid Results Initiatives (RRI) which is aimed at accelerating services to citizens at the Treasury Square however said he had talked with financial institutions within the county to offer financial support to local contractors.

He said delay inĀ  implementation of projects, shoddy works, conflict of interest, malpractices in project verification and payment among other issues had contributed to low absorption rates of public funds.

He said all projects in the county will take at most 90 days to be completed. “At the end of the 90 days, all works should be complete and handing over done.”

During the meeting, departments presented their list of projects to be completed during the period which included the extension of water distribution, equipping of early childhood education centres, improvement of roads, kicking off of student uplift program; under Pepea program and setting up medical camps for screening.

Mr Rotich said his administration would start rewarding staff based on performance and asked county residents to embrace projects and programs fronted by his administration.

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