|The National Government has disbursed Sh. 30 million for the completion of Kisumu West Sub County headquarters that was abandoned 13 years ago.|
The Sub County Deputy Commissioner Charles Wanyonyi promised to ensure quality works during the construction.
Wanyonyi says he joined the local leadership led by Kisumu County Woman Representative to push for the release of funds to complete the building.
Speaking during the handing over to the contractor in respect to the completion of the building in Ojola, Wanyonyi says the headquarter once completed will house all government offices at the Sub County.
“This headquarters once completed will be the envy of other sub counties in this region and I will ensure we get value for the money,” he said.
Wanyonyi promised to ensure they abide by the legal provisions, the public procurement and assets disposal act and public financial management act to deliver the project within four months.
Buyu on her part thanked Cabinet Secretary for Interior Fred Matiang’i for factoring the funds in this financial year budget.
She says for the past 13 years, the building has been lying unfinished while records in government books indicate that it was completed and in use.
“We had to fast track this, visiting relevant offices to ensure funds are allocated to finish up the works,” she said.
Buyu says CS Matiang’i was keen to have the building completed in line with the government policy that no new projects should be started before stalled projects are completed.
“It was ridiculous to give new headquarters to other sub counties when the Kisumu West Sub County headquarters has been sitting since 2009 incomplete,” she said.
The Nyanza regional works officer Benjamin Ahura announced that the contractor will take four months to complete the remaining works.
Ahura says already the building had consumed Sh. 35 million by the time it was being abandoned.
“The contractor had developed Bills of Quantities and we factored in all the vandalism that took place,” he said.
The new contractor will tile the entire building, painting, fixing windows, doors and ceiling board amongst others.
BY JOSEPH OJWANG