Contractors call for the revocation of 144 contracts

Over 200 contractors in Embu County have called for the revocation of 144 road construction contracts which they claim were unfairly awarded.

The Embu Contractors Association said only five contractors benefitted from the multi-million contracts that were awarded last week in a process they claimed was characterized by favouritism by a section of county government officials.

Their chairman James Kogoca said the process did not adhere to public procurement rules since one of the contractors got more than 40 contracts. He called on the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) to investigate the said tenders and bring those found culpable to book.

There is a cartel of five contractors who received almost all the 144 tenders that were awarded last week. The process of awarding the tenders did not meet the public procurement and disposal laws and thus we call on EACC to investigate the matter, he said.

The contractors at the same time complained of delayed payment revealing that they were owed by the county governments hundreds of millions of shillings.

Some said they have not paid their debts since June last year and have been summoned by various financial institutions for failing to repay in time.

They called on Governor Martin Wambora to address their grievances to ensure fair allocations of county tenders.

Mbeti North MCA Peter Murithi who is also a member of the association said he will move the matter to the assembly committee on infrastructure to have the issue investigated and resolved.

Source: Kenya News Agency