Nyan­darua prom­ises to pay road con­trac­tors Sh200m

Ma­jor­ity leader Kar­iuki Muchiri says the money has been fac­tored in the sup­ple­men­tary bud­get tabled be­fore the as­sem­bly on Mon­day

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Central - NDICHU WAINAINA @NdichuWainaina

Nyan­darua road con­trac­tors have pe­ti­tioned the county as­sem­bly to push the ex­ec­u­tive to pay them Sh200 mil­lion debts dat­ing back to the 2013-14 fi­nan­cial year.

Un­der the Nyan­darua Con­trac­tors’ As­so­ci­a­tion, 45 con­trac­tors signed the petition pre­sented to the as­sem­bly clerk on Mon­day af­ter­noon. It was copied to Bud­get Com­mit­tee chair­man Ki­iru Ga­chomba.

The con­trac­tors say the county has awarded them con­tracts in the past three fi­nan­cial years and they com­pleted the work but they have not been paid.

They want their pay to be fac­tored in the sup­ple­men­tary bud­get tabled be­fore the as­sem­bly on Mon­day.

The con­trac­tors said six per cent VAT is de­ducted, but the money is not re­mit­ted to the KRA. They said their files have on sev­eral oc­ca­sions been mis­placed or al­tered. “We re­quest the as­sem­bly or the rel­e­vant depart­ment to in­ves­ti­gate this and take the nec­es­sary ac­tion,” read their petition. Ma­jor­ity leader Kar­iuki Muchiri said the MCAs will sup­port the con­trac­tors’ de­mands. He said their money has been fac­tored in the sup­ple­men­tary bud­get.

“We want a list of all the con­trac- tors, clearly in­di­cat­ing who did what, where, and how much they are owed,” he said.

Muchiri said this will en­sure public money is not paid to ghost con­trac­tors. Ga­chomba said the ex­ec­u­tive must pay the con­trac­tors be­cause their money had been fac­tored in pre­vi­ous bud­gets. “We don’t want tus­sles,” he said.

Ga­chomba said the MCAs will not al­low pend­ing bills to be car­ried for­ward to the next fi­nan­cial year. “As the chair­man of the bud­get com­mit­tee, I know what I am talk­ing about,” he said.

Ga­chomba said the sup­ple­men­tary bud­get will not be dis­cussed un­til the ex­ec­u­tive ad­dresses the con­trac­tors’ con­cerns.

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