The government has expressed serious concerns over the slow pace of putting up Karatu Ndarugu Regional stadium, a 4,000-capacity modern sports facility under construction in Gatundu South, Kiambu County.
Three Cabinet Secretaries, Industrialization CS Adan Mohammed, Foreign affairs Raychelle Omamo and Energy CS Charles Keter who toured the project on a mission to monitor its progress took issue with Smith and Gold Productions Limited for dragging to complete the project which began in 2017.
The project was set for completion in August last year.
Under the National Development Implementation and Communication Committee,led by Adan Mohammed, said they were disappointed by the project’s progress.
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During their tour, the inspection team found a handful of workers on site doing manual construction works with the land that is set for laying of grass remaining bare, years after the project began.
Speaking after the tour, Mohammed regretted that while the government has made all the payments for the project whose objective is to nurture talents at the grassroot level is paltry at 45 percent painting a blurry picture that it could remain an eyesore if urgent measures are not put in place.
‘’CSs Adan, Omamo & Keter led Kiambu CDICC to inspect ongoing works at Karatu stadium. The CDICC has intervened to pressure contractor to speed up progress on 2000-capacity stadium. The delegation noted contractor has failed to honour project timelines even after they were revised’’,read a post on CS Adan Mohammed’s twitter handle.
While warning the contractor of serious consequences, the CSs insisted that the Sh. 260 million projects must be completed in a period of four months for use by Kiambu residents.
They directed the contractor to do a realistic plan of work which would enable him complete the project as promised.
So far, the project which comprises a VIP pavilion, football pitch and an athletics’ running track, their associated electrical, mechanical works and a perimeter wall whose contract has so far consumed Sh 124 million from the public coffers, money that the government officials said is not commensurate with the work done.
On their part Cabinet secretaries Raychelle Omamo and Charles Keter alongside Kiambu deputy governor Joyce Ngugi who also joined Mohammed during the tour urged the contractor to redouble his efforts to ensure the project is completed within the set standards by April this year.
On his side, the contractor blamed the delays to funding challenges and change in designs but assured that the construction works for the project which has stalled severally will resume immediately.
Also in the tour was the project’s client, Sports Kenya, who complained that the contractor was playing a cat and mouse game and that he had not adequately mobilized the materials and machinery that could enable him deliver the project as expected
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