The contractor for Karambani dispensary in Tharaka that was launched by Governor Muthomi Njuki showed his dissapointment over an unpaid ammount of the contract.
Gitonga Kiberenge the contractor Gikingo civil engineering contractors limited said he had been shocked to watch governor Njuki launch the facility in such a hype while his contract arrears remained unsettled despite having completed the project.
According to the contractor the company received an awarding letter on 20th May 2015 and the work commenced until the 4th of May 2016 when the first partial payment was made to the company.”On 4th March 2016, we received a certificate of the first payment of Sh1,153,080 which we put back in the project since we were running out of resources,” said the contractor.
One year later,Gitonga says the company was done with the remaining bit of plastering, finishing, and roofing such that by 6th March 2017 the project was complete as per the agreement the company and the government.
After pushing for the remaining payment, the Njuki led government made a second payment of another 1,153,080 on 2rd of February this year. This brought the amount paid to the company to Sh 2,306,160 cumulative of the two payments.
The whole contract having cost Sh 3,223,930, the county was still owing Gikingo construction company a total of Sh 917,770.
The county ministry of health then promised to pay the company but the contractor was asked to hand over the keys to the facility to the ministry so that locals would start getting medication from the dispensary.”We held a meeting at the facility’s ground in presence of the county CEC health, office of the area MCA and the locals whereas the company we were assured of our remaining payment before the launch of the facility,”Gitonga recalls bitterly.
However, to the shock of the contractor, plans to launch the facility were planned without his knowledge until the project was finally commissioned by the governor without any update on the pending payment.
This prompted Mr Gitonga to raise the issue during the launching ceremony led by Governor Njuki in an attempt to air his grievances. The county boss admitted that the complains raised were genuine and ordered heath CEC Dr. Gichuia Nthuraku to make sure he paid the contractor his dues.
However, in his statement,Njuki ridiculed the amount of the tender cost terming it as enough to build a bigger facility. “I at time wishes you elected me earlier because you would not have suffered this much. Three million that have put up these two rooms, if it was me would have built something bigger,” said Njuki.
The contractor now awaits to see if the ministry of health through its CEC will act and honor the governor’s directive to have the pending payments settled