Billions lost in shady West Pokot building tenders racket
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.
AUDIT Governor John Lonyangapuo.