Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohammed has fired the contractor working on Wote stadium over what she termed as laxity.
Speaking in Wote town, Amina said that the Stadium contractor Traphes and Nitram Enterprise Limited lacked the financial capacity to complete the project. She then handed over the work to the National youth service until completion.
Amina noted that they had exhausted all the necessary warnings and notices and still the contractor failed to deliver despite the 2020 December extension.
The furious minister disclosed that two other projects that were lagging were going to be handed over to the NYS.
“This project must be completed and as a ministry, we have decided this project and two others will be handed over to NYS with clear instructions and should be finished in the record time,” said Mohammed.
The CS castigated Kenyan contractors stating that many of them were unable to deliver despite calls for the government to empower local contractors. She noted that many who have been given projects have failed to complete them in the stipulated time.
“Coming here day in day out and holding discussions is a waste of time because we can’t rely on this contractor and neither can we assign the work to another contractor,” she noted.
Her sentiments were echoed by Labour and Social services cabinet secretary Simon Chelugui who said that the government would not tolerate incompetent contractors. He stressed that the government was not going to take more excuses when people bestowed with projects continued joking around.
Other leaders who accompanied Amina include sports Kenya chairman Fred Muteti, DG Pius Metto among other leaders.
In June 2020, Sports CS Amina Mohammed visited the site and promised to have works completed by November 2020. The CS said the president had ordered all stalled stadia to be completed by November 2020.
The stadium’s foundation stone was laid by Deputy President William Ruto on May 27, 2017. During the campaigns, the Deputy president promised to have the stadium completed in 6 months from the time. Kenyans have been holding the Government to account on the promise.