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'Lazy' contactor fired after Kiritiri-Siakago road work stalls

Tuesday November 6 2018

Deputy President William Ruto

Deputy President William Ruto during the commissioning of Muthatani-Siakago Road in Embu County on August 2, 2014. The government has fired the contractor of Kiritiri-Siakago road as the project stalled for two years. PHOTO | REBECCA NDUKU | DPPS 

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The government has terminated the contract for construction of Kiritiri-Siakago road in Embu County, which had stalled for over two years following protests by local leaders.

Senate Deputy Speaker Kithure Kindiki says the contractor asked to fix the 12-kilometre was asked to leave the site.


Speaking at St Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Siakago, where he represented Deputy President William Ruto at a fundraiser, Prof Kindiki dismissed the contractor as lazy.

Mr Ruto had twice warned the person that he risked losing the job if he did not show seriousness.

“We kicked off the work two years ago but we got a lazy contractor who has been taking us round in circles," Prof Kindiki said.

"The DP has told me that he has communicated with [Mbeere North MP Muriuki Njagagua] and that the government has ordered the contractor to leave and look for jobs elsewhere. The road is now in the hands of a new contractor who has been ordered to speed up the work," he said on Sunday.


Last week, Mr Njagagua appealed to the national government to end the contract.

The road has been the subject of numerous demonstrations by residents of Mbeere North and Mbeere South.

Mr Njagagua said many vehicles usually break down while traversing the region due o its dilapidated nature, especially during the rainy seasons.

Prof Kindiki, who is Tharaka Nithi Senator, gave Sh1 million from the DP and said they will got to Migori County to launch a road project.


Prof Kindiki attended the fundraiser alongside politicians including Mr Njagagua, Eric Muchangi (Runyenjes) and Anthony Oluoch (Mathare).

The leaders spoke on matters such as the handshake between President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odunga, saying competition over who is committed to it should end for the sake of cohesion and development.

They said the contest can water down gains made since May 9, when the two agreed to end their differences and work together for the sake of national peace and growth.

They also said talk abut hustlers and dynasties will cause Kenya to lag behind so politicians should stop using it to gain mileage.


Prof Kindiki said the lunch that Mr Ruto organised for Mr Kenyatta, Mr Odinga and businessman Jimi Wanjigi at his Karen home in Nairobi, demonstrated his commitment to unity and development.

“The politics of the handshake has been overtaken by events since everyone has embraced it. It is a great step towards cohesion ... people can feel free wherever they go. It is now time for development. The DP embraced the handshake a long time ago," he said. “He has been saying he is a hustler and now, the people who had been laughing off his claim to the hustler tag are rushing to say they are the real hustlers. Now the competition is on who the true hustler is."

Mr Muchangi and Mr Oluoch said the handshake had healed the nation and brought peace, and urged leaders to capitalise on it.

Mr Njagagua said the lunch indicated that President Kenyatta is supportive of Mr Ruto's bid for the presidency come 2022.

“When they went for the lunch, they showed us the way so go. My interpretation is that they have anointed Mr Ruto to take over,” he said.