Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong has expressed his dissatisfaction at the construction works of Busia �Malaba road.
Speaking during a courtesy call by the Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS), Foreign Affairs Ministry, Ababu Namwamba and his Infrastructure counterpart, Chris Obure, in his office, Friday, Ojaamong noted with concern that less than two kilometres out of the 28 kilometre road had been tarmacked.
I have been receiving bitter complains from the local residents because the road is currently a disaster, he said, adding that the contractor should be ashamed of the work.
He added that pressure from members of the public has forced him to construct 10 kilometres of road within the town despite the fact that it is the mandate of the National government.
Obure stated that the contractor had reported having faced challenges in the past but had assured the team that he will speed up the work and cover for the lost time.
The CAS vowed to put more pressure on the contractor and ensure no laxity and compromised work is seen.
We would want the work done in accordance with the specifications from the very beginning and will not accept laxity, he warned.
He advised the contractor to discharge his obligations fully, adding that the road was very important to the local residents in connecting the two border towns.
Namwamba reiterated that reports on the contractor’s work were very negative and the local residents will not even allow him at the site.
People are also comparing works on the other side and they can see there is just no progress, he stated.
The Foreign Affairs CAS advised the contractor to leave if he feels he cannot deliver, adding that there were other qualified Kenyans who can do the work.
The Busia County Commissioner, Michael Ole Tialal promised that his Department will provide a conducive environment for the contractors to implement the projects.
The two CASs had visited the County to inspect Busia-Malaba road, Busia-Malakisi-Lwakhaha road and Sigiri Bridge whose construction works are ongoing.
Source: Kenya News Agency