Machakos county through governor Alfred Mutua, has denied allegations over construction of the Machakos-Kitui road on which a bridge has developed wide cracks.This is after images of the cracked section of the bridge were widely shared on social media.
The bridge is located at Kariobangi-Sokoni road in Machakos Town.
Last Week Kenya National Highways Authority(KENHA) also distanced itself from the poor Construction works.
Through a statement, Machakos CEC for Roads Francis Maliti said the road was not part of County projects and was constructed before establishment of counties.
“The road under Kenya Informal Settlements Improvement Project (KISIP) has developed structural defects as a result of what engineers confirm to be a failure by the contractor to use geo-textile fibre in tandem with the retaining wall blocks on the affected junction,” Maliti said.
Maliti said consultants have done a report which has been forwarded to the authorities responsible.
Closer of the road has also been done for weeks in a bid to allow the contractor redo the work.
“I appeal to engineers to thoroughly oversee projects so that contractors meet the required standards,” Maliti added.
These segments were contradicted by Kenya National Highways Authority who put the blame on the devolved unit under the Kenya Informal Settlements Improvement Project (KISIP).