Kwale County Governor Salim Mvurya says any project done in the region that does not meet set standards will be rejected by his administration.
Governor Mvurya said contractors doing shoddy jobs risk being ‘blacklisted, denied payments and new contracts in the future’.
The county boss says that fraudulent contractors could lose funding if they delivered poor quality projects as his administration is determined to provide residents with projects that give them value for money.
He said county engineers and other relevant officers would be deployed on a regular basis to supervise the works being done to ensure high quality work.
Mvurya said his regional administration is determined to see arid and semi-arid areas are covered with water reservoirs that collect water for domestic use, livestock and irrigation.
“All the dams that we intend to undertake must meet the desired threshold otherwise the contractors have to bear the consequences for their omissions and commissions” he said.
He went on “we have done huge dams at Mwakalanga, Nyalani, Dziweni, Majengo and other areas that have had perennial water scarcity and this has drastically reduced the migration of communities in search of water especially for their livestock.”
The two-term Governor said this on Monday when he addressed members of a delegation from the Office of the Controller of Budget (CoB) led by Musa Kidzuga who paid him a courtesy call at his Kwale town Headquarters office.
“At the Mwakalanga and Nyalani for example, there is water for human use, livestock and to irrigate 150 acres of farmland. We have built water towers and systems that can purify and pump water up to 25 kilometers away into the villages for communities to use. Surrounding communities should also be able to benefit from these projects” he said.
Additionally he said local artisans have been trained to maintain the local pipes and water systems for each project.
He said local committees have also been trained and empowered to take care of the resources while the county administration has formed a Support to Community Vote in its budgetary allocations to assist the committees.
He was flanked by County Secretary Martin Mwaro and County Executive Committee member for Finance Bakari Sebe.
by Hussein Abdullahi