President puts lazy contractors on notice, warns of blacklisting

 

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday warned that the government will blacklist contractors who fail to complete their construction works on time.

Speaking after commissioning the Kangema-Gacharage Road in Kiharu Constituency in Murang’a County, President Kenyatta said the government would not compromise on lazy contractors who do not complete their work on schedule.

“It is time contractors uphold high quality workmanship or be blacklisted from carrying out projects in Kenya,” Mr Kenyatta said.

“There is no need for contractors to ask for jobs if they know well they will abandon the work halfway,” he added.

President Kenyatta who was accompanied by Deputy President William Ruto said delay of construction of roads undermines efforts to improve the lives of Kenyans and create employment opportunities for the youth.

He said the government is paying special attention on implementation and completion of projects that create direct positive impact on the lives of Kenyans.

He said the government would not relent in its commitment to open up interior parts of the country for development.

“The upgrading and improvement of roads in all parts of our country will spur development and improve economic status of our people,” he said.

He said the 33-kilometer road, which was constructed at a cost of Sh4.1bilion will boost marketing of farm produce including coffee and livestock products among others.

President Kenyatta, at the same time, said his government has in this financial year set aside Sh2.4 billion as bailout for coffee farmers in the region.

“Sh2.4billion bailout has been injected into the coffee sector to help farmers pay their loans and get title deeds for their lands,” the President said.

Mr Kenyatta told off opposition chief and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga over his continued criticism of his administration’s development projects.

He said Mr Odinga’s aim is to convince the African Development Bank and the World Bank to stop sponsoring Jubilee projects with his wild allegations of corruption to achieve his selfish ends.

“The aim of the Opposition leader is to convince ADB and World Bank to stop availing resources for us to initiate development projects in the pretext that there is corruption so that he can tell Kenyans we have failed to deliver,” he said.

DP Ruto said the government was focused on its development agenda for Kenyans.

“We are confident of our performance and track record. There is a big difference between those engaging in rhetoric and performance,” said Ruto.

The Deputy President said the government would continue implementing development projects that create positive impact in the lives of the people citing the construction of roads, connection of electricity, improvement of health and education among other projects.

“We are clear in what we are doing for Kenyans unlike our competitors who are busy engaging in demonstrations and rhetoric,” said Ruto.

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