Bil­lions lost in shady West Pokot build­ing ten­ders racket

Business Daily (Kenya) - - COUNTY BUSINESS - Wy­cliff Kip­sang And Os­car Kakai ...of the 23 projects NCA an­a­lysed, none met the re­quired stan­dards of con­struc­tion

West Pokot County lost bil­lions of shillings through ir­reg­u­lar award of ten­ders in the five years un­der the last ad­min­is­tra­tion, a damn­ing re­port by the Na­tional Con­struc­tion Author­ity (NCA) has re­vealed.

The au­dit, which was car­ried out be­tween Au­gust and Oc­to­ber 2017 fol­low­ing the re­quest of West Pokot gover­nor John Lonyan­ga­puo faults the for­mer regime led by Si­mon Kachapin for in­flat­ing costs of projects and award­ing ten­ders to brief­case con­trac­tors.

Ac­cord­ing to the au­dit, the costs of most projects were highly in­flated and ei­ther half way done or where com­pleted marked with poor work­man­ship although full pay­ment was done.

“There was to­tal dis­re­gard to pro­cure­ment laws and lack of pro­fes­sion­al­ism, which saw con­trac­tors awarded lu­cra­tive ten­ders that they had no ca­pac­ity to han­dle,” reads the 200-page re­port.

“The pur­pose of most projects were not to im­prove lives of the peo­ple, but for some county of­fi­cials to en­rich them­selves through ar­bi­trary con­tracts and kick­backs,” adds the re­port.

It shows that of the 23 projects NCA an­a­lysed, none met the re­quired stan­dards of con­struc­tion and the pub­lic did not get the value of money spent.

“Ma­jor­ity of the con­trac­tors were not reg­is­tered by the NCA ,” reads the re­port.

-JARED NYATAYA

AU­DIT Gover­nor John Lonyan­ga­puo.

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