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Nairobi MCAs urge NMS to complete stalled capital projects

Thursday July 30 2020
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The Nairobi County Assembly. Nairobi MCAs now want the Nairobi Metropolitan Services to take over stalled county government capital projects under the transferred functions. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

By COLLINS OMULO

Nairobi MCAs now want the Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) to take over stalled county government capital projects under the transferred functions.

The MCAs have accused the county government of refusing to handover some of the capital projects which are under the transferred functions, hindering their implementation.

In a motion by Clay City Ward MCA Samora Mwaura, the ward representatives have called on NMS to directly engage the contractors implementing the stalled projects to have them transferred to them.

Mr Mwaura argued that the lack of consensus between the county government and NMS is causing anxiety among the contractors implementing the various projects.

GET DOCUMENTATION

He said the office of NMS Director-General Mohammed Badi should move with speed to get all the necessary documentation from the contractors on the existing contracts on all capital projects under the transferred functions with a view to ensuring the contractors complete the projects quickly and avoid stalling.

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“I will give an example of my ward where there is a road project which is 75 per cent done. It was advertised and the contractor bid competitively and was awarded the contract but the contract has stalled because of one signature,” said Mr Mwaura.

“Somebody somewhere is sitting on documentation for reasons better known to them. This is just one of the projects. We have very many capital projects that have stalled in this nature,” he added.

Kilimani MCA Moses Ogeto pointed out that ward reps s are unable to supervise the Sh1.4 billion projects that are under the Ward Development Fund as a result of the lack of proper communication between the county executive and NMS.

He said that since the executive has failed to give the documentation, it is now imperative that the contractors give the documentation that they signed with the county to NMS so that Nairobians do not end up with white elephant projects.

“For example, in my ward, the contractor who is on site is supposed to do drainage but he left the site because he does not know who is going to pay him,” he said.

QUALITY SERVICES

Ziwani/Kariokor MCA Millicent Mugadi supported the move saying that having the projects under NMS and the national government will ensure Nairobi residents get quality services.

“We know that NMS has money and we will save contractors a lot of stress from coming to get their money. The will run up and down knowing very well when they finish their work they will be paid by NMS,” said Ms Mugadi.

On her part, nominated MCA Mary Ariviza said that some projects whose contracts were given in 2016 have been hampered because of failure to hand over their files. She claimed that County Attorney Lydia Kwamboka told them that Governor Mike Sonko had told her not to hand over the files.

“It is very important and I agree that we support this motion that all the transferred services should be handed over to the NMS so that they are handled expeditiously by the arm that they were transferred to. If need be the national government should come in including the Attorney-General so that the handing over can be done,” she said.

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