CS Amina fires Wote Stadium contractor


CS Amina fires Wote Stadium contractor
National Assembly Sports Committee members and Sports Kenya officials inspect Wote Stadium project on Friday 11 September, 2020/PHOTO.Michael Mutinda For Citizen Digital

In Summary

  • The CS who was flanked by her counterpart from Labour Simon Chelugui, Sports Kenya chairman Fred Muteti and Makueni County Commissioner Mohammed Maalim, said the project which is 35-percent complete will be taken over by the National Youth Service (NYS)
  • The contractor, Mark Muendo, was supposed to hand over the multi-million-shilling facility to the government by the end of last year but Amina says despite the government releasing 50 percent of the money allocated to the project, there is nothing to show in progress

The government has sacked the contractor hired to undertake the construction of Wote Stadium in Makueni County over laxity.

Speaking during the inspection of the facility Tuesday, Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohammed took issue with the slow pace of the works by the Taphes and Nitram Company, and consequently revoked the company’s license.

The CS who was flanked by her counterpart from Labour Simon Chelugui, Sports Kenya chairman Fred Muteti and Makueni County Commissioner Mohammed Maalim, said the project which is 35-percent complete will be taken over by the National Youth Service (NYS).

“We’ve given all the necessary warnings and notices, so there is absolutely nothing left on our side before we take action. We have given out 50% of the funds and what we’ve seen here is only 35% of that money. He (contractor) should refund the excess money.

“We’ve decided we will hand over this project and two others to the National Youth Service as soon as possible so that they can undertake its completion within the shortest time possible,” said Amina.

The contractor, Mark Muendo, was supposed to hand over the multi-million-shilling facility to the government by the end of last year but Amina says despite the government releasing 50 percent of the money allocated to the project, there is nothing to show in progress.

“We’ve spent a lot of time coming here to inspect this project and it’s a big shame no value of the 50% of the money we’ve released to the contractor. The government has been working so hard to ensure its promises it made to our youths are fulfilled,” she added.

Works at the 15,000-seater stadium resumed June last year after the government allocated a further Sh.350million for the completion of the facility that had stalled since 2017.

Amina who also fired the contractor, who had been hired to renovate Iten’s Kamariny Stadium last week, warned other contractors handling sports facilities across the country that their tenders would be re-advertised if their pace failed to convince the Government.

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