Contractors demonstrate over unpaid dues

Over 170 Narok County contractors and suppliers yet again held a peaceful demonstration on Thursday to press the County government to pay them Shs. 645 million owed to them.

Speaking after the demonstrations in Narok town, the said the County government hired them from 2014 to supply equipment, renovate roads, build county structures and provide catering services among other services, but they have not been paid their full dues.

When we pressurise them to pay, they give us Shs.500, 000 or less to buy our silence and we are now tired of empty promises, he said.

Torome said the contractors have held several meetings with Governor Samuel Tunai and at some point, he told them the money had been channeled to their bank accounts only to realise later that it was a lie.

We are going to hold peaceful demonstrations until the governor hears our cry, he said.

The chairman lamented that financial institutions were on their necks to recover the loans they took four years ago to enable them render services to the county.

We opened up the drainage system in Narok town to allow smooth flow of flash floods, built a ward at Narok County Referral hospital, renovated roads among other undertakings and we have never been paid for work done, reiterated Torome.

Last week, the contractors held a similar demonstration and the County Government Secretary, Simon Sopia promised to pay them in two days.

One of the contractors, Nasiye Dikirr, said her lorry had been seized by Equity bank after she failed to repay a loan she had taken from the financial institution.

We are now giving the county administration two days to pay our dues failure to which we will hold demonstrations to bar Tunai from being cleared by IEBC, she said.

However, Sopia said they were still in the process of analyzing data on how the services were delivered so as to pay accordingly.

The county secretary said contractors found to have done a commendable job would be paid all their dues but in installments.

Source: Kenya News Agency