Termination of Thiba Dam contract leaves 200 employees jobless in Mwea


Termination of Thiba Dam contract leaves 200 employees jobless in Mwea
Construction at Thiba Dam. FILE PHOTO | KNA

Over 200 employees have been left jobless after Thiba dam contractor in Mwea, Kirinyaga County terminated contract with national irrigation board.

According to Mwea National Irrigation Board manager Innocent Ariemba, the company issued contract letter last month .

“We have been talking with them but we don’t know why they have decided to go,” Mr. Ariemba said.

Sogea Satom company that was contracted to build furrow at Mwea Irrigation is accusing the government for failing to comply with with employers acts.

‘They have not paid the company Ksh.370million,” one of the contractors said.

Sogea Satom is also accusing two engineers of failure to comply with employers act.

In Gichugu constituency, construction of Thiba is still going on despite Strabag International warning that they will also terminate their contract if the government does not pay them Ksh.400million by the end of March.

The Ksh.20 billion project was launched by the President Uhuru Kenyatta on November 23, 2017 a few days to his inauguration for his second term in the office.

President Kenyatta said the project would be a game changer in rice production at the Mwea Irrigation Scheme.

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