A group of contractors drawn from across Kitui have accused Governor Charity Ngilu’s administration of playing underhand games with their dues amounting to Sh.1.74 billion.
The visibly fed up tenderprenuers told a press conference in Kitui Town that the county still owes payments for 81 assorted contracts more than three years since completion.
The contracts in question were awarded and undertaken in the 2015/2016 financial year.
The contractors also threatened to stage demonstrations and disrupt county operations should the mbee nzei administration fail to pay up their dues within the next 14 days.
Their association’s chair Nelly Kavuu regretted that they had been denied their pay despite numerous requests including a legal action.
“They have flatly refused to pay us even after the relevant authorities certified that the works we undertook were fully implemented as per respective BQs,” she averred.
The contractors further wondered why the government has been paying contractors hired during the new administration which assumed power after August 2017 General Election, but had discriminated against them in terms of payment.
“Our properties are on the verge of being auctioned by banks we secured loans from while some of us have been forced to sell their properties to service the loans,” said Ms Kavuu.
Another Contractor Mbondo Mwania, who lives with physical disability, said they had done everything possible including petitioning the Senate and obtaining a court order compelling the Charity Ngilu-led administration to pay their dues but in vain.
“There is no goodwill from the county government towards paying us. Our woes seem to be politically instigated since it is the current regime that has refused to pay us besides denying us access to other tenders which could help ease the situation,” lamented Mwania.
Sylvester Mutunga said on April 13, 2018 Kitui High Court Judge Lilian Mutende ordered the respondent Kitui county government to pay the complainants their dues for the works done without further delay.
“We don’t understand why the court order has not been honoured to date. We appeal to higher authorities to intervene and have our bills paid forthwith,” petitioned the contractor.