Sen­a­tors probe ten­der­ing for ren­o­va­tion of col­lapsed sta­dium

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics Parliament -

Sen­a­tors yes­ter­day asked the House Labour and So­cial Wel­fare Com­mit­tee to in­ves­ti­gate whether the Na­tional Con­struc­tion Author­ity ap­proved the ren­o­va­tion of the col­lapsed Bukhungu Sta­dium in Kakamega county. Sen­a­tors Boni Khal­wale (Kakamega), Ge­orge Khaniri (Vi­higa) and John Lonyan­ga­puo (West Pokot) also want the county gov­ern­ment to pro­vide a list of the ten­der ad­ver­tise­ment for the ren­o­va­tion of the sta­dium, the cor­re­spond­ing firms that bid and those that were awarded. A sec­tion of the sta­dium be­ing ren­o­vated at a cost of Sh1 bil­lion col­lapsed on Satur­day as Mahi­akalo MCA Cleophas Malala claimed the county was rush­ing through de­vel­op­ment projects so it could re­fer to them in 2017 cam­paigns. Gov­er­nor Wy­cliffe Oparanya (pic­tured) launched the pro­ject last June. Wilkori Build­ing and Civil En­gi­neer­ing Com­pany won the ten­der. Wilkori is the com­pany which re­fur­bished Kip­choge Keino Sta­dium in El­doret. The ren­o­va­tion was to be done in five phases with the first phase cost­ing Sh399 mil­lion and ex­pected to be com­pleted by De­cem­ber. The en­tire pro­ject was to be fin­ished by Au­gust 2017. The col­lapse might in­ter­fere with the com­ple­tion of the first phase. The pro­ject had stalled last year, less than a month af­ter it’s launch, over al­leged fi­nan­cial con­straints. Khal­wale, who sought for the state­ment in Se­nate, said the county gov­ern­ment should pro­vide min­utes of the ten­der com­mit­tee and the re­port of the County Tech­ni­cal Ten­der Eval­u­a­tion Com­mit­tee. He also wants the county to ex­plain if the pro­cure­ment pro­ce­dure was fol­lowed in award­ing the ten­der.

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