Full implementation of a Senate report which identified Nyandarua as a marginalized County for lacking established headquarters is long overdue, His Excellency Governor Francis Kimemia has said.
Alongside Tharaka Nithi, Tana River and West Pokot counties, Nyandarua’s ultra-modern project was envisioned and co-financed with the National Government and the County Government on a 70 per cent and 30 per cent basis respectively.
Speaking when he hosted Cabinet Secretary for Interior and Co-ordination of National Government Hon. Fred Matiang’i for an inspection of the stalled facility in Ol’Kalou, Governor Kimemia said Nyandarua was only allocated KShs. 600 million for this purpose, which is hardly enough.
“A County headquarter is more than County Government offices,” he said.
Tendering, evaluation and supervision of the project was carried out by the State Department of Public Works’ Nairobi office.
After close to a year, the main contractor – M/s High Point Agencies Ltd – were terminated due to non-performance.
By then, a total of about KShs. 109 million had been paid.
Governor Kimemia noted that documentation for re-tender was done and the tender for completion advertised by the County Government on February 21, 2020.
“Before evaluation commenced, the process was terminated through a court injunction as the previous main contractor has gone for arbitration challenging their earlier termination,” he said.
After receiving tender documents for completion, the County Government engaged M/s Makon Consultants to carry out a forensic and financial audit for the project and the documents so issued by the State Department of Public Works.
“I am pleased the County Attorney and Honourable the Attorney General’s offices are pursuing lifting of the court injunctions,” said Hon. Matiang’i.
The leaders resolved to fast-track related policy, legal and administrative actions to resume the completion process.
In attendance were Cabinet Secretaries Hon. Mutahi Kagwe (Health Services) and Hon. Sicily Kariuki (Water, Sanitation and Irrigation), alongside County Commissioner Mr. Boaz Cherutich, among other senior National and County Government officials.