Recent demos over stalled Chuka-Kaanwa-Kaare road. PHOTO/PRESS POINT

Millions of shillings have been paid to ‘contractors’ assigned roads for tarmacking by the national government in Tharaka-Nithi County that never started and others stalled at the initial stage.

A report exclusively seen by the Press Point indicates that the 32-kilometer Kaare-Magutuni-Kathwana road in Maara constituency which was launched by Deputy President Dr William Ruto on September 17, 2018 never kicked off and is expected to be completed on March 7, 2021.

The contractor, NGM Company Ltd has already received Ksh80 million out of the total Ksh1.1 billion.

The 31-kilometer Chuka-Kaanwa-Kareni road in Chuka/Igambang’ombe constituency initially launched by Senator Kithure Kindiki and Governor Muthomi Njuki, then area MP, on May 10, 2015 before DP Ruto relaunched it severally, has been tarmacked only six kilometers.

The contractor, Westbuild General Contractors Ltd has already received Ksh288.7 million out of the total Ksh537.2 million.

Recent demos over stalled Chuka-Kaanwa-Kaare road. PHOTO/PRESS POINT

In Tharaka constituency, 36-kilometer Gatunga-Marimanti-Ciakariga road that was launched by Prof Kindiki and Mr Njuki on July 27, 2016 was expected to be complete on January 27, 2019 but only 15.62 kilometers has been tarmacked.

The road also assigned to Westbuild General Contractors Ltd and subcontracted to Super Mega Construction Ltd was later relaunched separately by Dr Ruto and President Uhuru Kenyatta during 2017 election campaign giving locals a lot of hope.

The contractor has already received Ksh756.1 million out of the total Ksh1.7 billion.

In Maara constituency, 23-kilometer Chogoria-Weru road assigned to Don Woods Contractors was launched on November 22, 2016 and later re-assigned to China Jiangxi International Ltd.

The Ksh978.6 million work that the contractor has already been paid Ksh97.8 million was scheduled to be complete on November 28, 2018 but work has only been done on 2.1 kilometers.

Back in Chuka/Igambang’ombe constituency, the 23 kilometer Chuka University access road (Kirubia-Kairini) assigned to Westbuild General Contractors Ltd that started on June 2, 2017 was slated to be through on June 2, 2019 has been tarmacked nine kilometers.

According to the report dated March 31, 2020, most of the contractors lack capacity to undertake the work and the only solution is to either revoke the contracts or sub-contract.

This means that locals must prepare to continue suffering on the bad roads for more years considering that the contrary’s programs including budgetary allocations have been disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Next year, the country will be in deep politics in readiness for 2022 elections and minimal development is expected.

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