Nandi, Elgeyo to lose Sh308m in shoddy projects

Auditor-General Edward Ouko. FILE PHOTO | NMG
Auditor-General Edward Ouko. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

Two counties in the North Rift region stand to lose over Sh308 million to incomplete projects and unpaid mortgage and car loans to MCAs and the executive.

A report by Auditor-General Edward Ouko indicates that several projects initiated by the Nandi County government remain incomplete four years after they were initiated despite contractors being paid more than 70 per cent of the cost.

Among the projects is construction of the governor’s office at Sh124.6 million and a stadium at Sh119 million.

The projects, started in 2014, were expected to be completed two years ago but remain unfinished two months to the General Election.

Some residents yesterday expressed fear that they were unlikely to get value for money. “We fail to understand why some of these projects have stalled despite the national Treasury allocating them colossal sums of money,” said Mathew Koech of Kapsabet.

Mr Ouko says the initial cost of the governor’s office was Sh103,383,420 for the two story building but an additional floor was later approved at a cost of Sh21,191,200.

Construction started on February 10, 2014, and it was to be completed on February 6, 2015. “The county’s management has not explained if and when the project will be complete and when stakeholders will get value for their resource,” stated the report.

According to the report, Elgeyo Marakwet MCAs and the executive risk defaulting on Sh53 million advanced to them for mortgage and car loans. Mr Ouko has expressed concern over the slow repayment of the loans and improper valuation of security for the debts.

The report questions how the county government will recover outstanding imprest of about Sh12.2 million issued to officers.