Kitui: 4,000 contractors graduate after capacity building program

100 Contractors from each of Kitui County’s 40 wards graduated Friday after a training aimed to equip them with essential skills and knowledge required for government and private sector contracts.

The four-day capacity building program was implemented in all eight sub-counties and was led by the County Department of Roads, Public Works, and Transport in partnership with the National Construction Authority (NCA).

Those trained are 2000 fresh potential contractors and 2000 contractors already registered with NCA comprising 130 Persons living with Disabilities, 740 women, 1069 youth, 900 men above 50 years, and 1161 of the general category.

Speaking during the function Governor Malombe disclosed the contractors were trained on business company registration processes, skills in integrated financial systems (IFMIS), skills in executing projects from inception to completion, post-construction, and delivery of quality works as per specifications among others.

“The training has provided a competitive edge to our contractors so that they can engage formally with government institutions, private sector, and financial lending partners across the country,” Malombe said.

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The county chief further encouraged the contractors to participate in tendering for works not just in Kitui but also with national government agencies such as KURA, KERRA, KWS, and the State Department of Housing among others.

Governor Malombe also warned Contractors who bribe county officials and do shoddy works that they would be permanently blacklisted if caught. He also promised prompt payments for works done satisfactorily.

NCA Executive Director Eng. Maurice Akech said Kitui County had a rare opportunity of graduating contractors noting it was the first in the country to engage NCA in 2014 and the first in the third term of devolution.

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