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Transport CS James Macharia cancels Murang’a road contracts [video]

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Transport Cabinet secretary James Macharia (centre) with Mathioya MP Clement Wambugu (right) and his Gatundu South counterpart Moses Kuria after launching Mugeka-Kiria-ini -Gacharage road construction on Monday. The road will be built at a cost of Sh1.43 billion.

Transport Cabinet secretary James Macharia (centre) with Mathioya MP Clement Wambugu (right) and his Gatundu South counterpart Moses Kuria after launching Mugeka-Kiria-ini -Gacharage road construction on Monday. The road will be built at a cost of Sh1.43 billion.

The government has cancelled two-road building contracts in Murang’a county over failure by contractors to complete work on time.

Roads Cabinet secretary James Macharia said the tender for the construction of Gitugi-Mioro road has been awarded to a Chinese company after failure by Nyoro Construction Company to complete the work on time.

He also said the tender for the Mairi-Makomboki-Gituru road has been awarded to another contractor after Lee Construction Company failed to keep its part of the bargain.

Macharia said the roads have been under construction for close to seven years, an indication that the contractors are not up to the task.

Speaking during the launch of Kiria-ini-Kanjama road on Monday, the CS said lazy contractors have been frustrating government’s efforts to improve infrastructure across the country.

He said those who fail to complete work on time risk having their tenders cancelled. “It does not matter who is doing the work as long as it is done in the right way and on time,” he said.

The delay has seen locals protest demanding the government revoke the tenders. Macharia said Sh300 billion has been set aside for construction and upgrading of various roads as the government seeks to achieve the Vision 2030.

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