Assembly puts contractors on the spot over shoddy work

Ward reps have sought punishment of contractors doing shoddy work.

The County Assembly's Public Works, Roads and Transport Committee said it was alarmed by the poor workmanship in several projects it inspected.

“The committee was shocked to find some contractors paid millions of shillings but the kind of work done and marked as complete does not reflect the amount awarded. Drastic action should be taken on such rogue contractors,” said Zachariah Magut, the committee's chairperson.

The ward reps also want action taken against county officials who authorise payments for poorly done projects.

“Going forward, county officers authorising any payment for a substandard work will be surcharged," he said.

The recommendation came after another report faulted the awarding of tenders.

“Some contractors were awarded up to 20 tenders resulting in substandard work and project delays. Eventually, funds are rolled over to the next financial year,” said Liaison committee chair Christopher Chemosong.

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