Governor Cyprian Awiti to provide explanation for failing to construct ward administrators offices
Written by Dickens Ochieng on May 4, 2021
The County Assembly of Homa-Bay wants the office of Governor Cyprian Awiti to provide satisfactory explanation for having failed to construct ward administrators offices budgeted for in the six previous financial years between 2014 and 2020.
The Assembly through the committee on Public Service and Administration chaired by MCA for West Kamagak John Matunga Mireri wants the office of the governor to furnish the Assembly with documents on how the funds budgeted for in the above six financial years were utilized for the construction of offices.
Mireri’s committee says the county executive has failed to construct Ward Administrators’ offices in eight sub counties budgeted for in the FY 2014/2015/, FY 2015/2016, FY 2016/2017, FY 2017/2018 and FY 2019/2020 despite approved allocation for such projects.
The report indicates that during the financial year 2014/2015 Ksh 36.4M was allocated for the construction of ward offices in the in four sub counties but the wards were not indicated, FY 2015/2016 Ksh 28M was also allocated for the construction of the same offices in four sub counties where wards were not indicated, FY 2016/2017 Ksh 55Million was allocated for eleven ward offices, FY 2017/2018 Ksh 77M was channeled towards the same projects while the FY 2018/2019 the similar constructions received Ksh 55Million and FY 2019/2020 Ksh 37M was allocated for the construction of eight wards.
Mireri says that no construction work has been completed and operationalised since the year 2014 to date despite huge allocations towards the projects.
The committee in its finding established that the County government through the Technical Evaluation Committee and Procurement Office awarded some contractors more than one contract which compromised their capacities.
It also established that all the construction works were being done without Project Management Committees (PMCs) to supervise the projects which contravene Public procurement and Asset Disposal Act 2015.