Turkana, KNA by Peter Gitonga
Contractors told to ensure quality works
Contractors undertaking government development progrmmes in Turkana county have been told to ensure high standards and quality work.
Speaking while inspecting the Kainuk Bridge, Turkana South Deputy County commissioner Mr. Philip Sigei said contractors must not compromise the quality of works while doing government projects in order to save time and resources.
“We want contractors to complete the projects in time, but that must not be done at the expense of quality of the works,” said Sigei.
His sentiments were echoed by County director of the Presidential Delivery Unit Martin Rotich, who noted that delays in completing works caused other unforeseen challenges like higher costs which are incurred by contractors.
Rotich said delay in completing the Kainuk Bridge had brought about a dispute in renewal of the lease, where the contractor has set camp.
However, the contractor said they are in talks with the community which leased the six parcels of land over rates which they should pay.
The bridge is being constructed by China Hemant International Group Limited, who cited delays in relocation of land owners who are on the project site and insecurity for delays in timely completion of the project.
The company had asked for four more months until December to complete the project.
The Sh. 1.5 billion bridge which is the main link between Turkana and the rest of the country is 9.4 km long and includes 3km approach road.
Once completed, the bridge will greatly enhance transportation in and out of the county and neighbouring South Sudan.
Last year, the bridge collapsed, interrupting transportation, leading to passengers and traders incurring losses, as they had to spend several days by the bridge.