Ojaamong Comes Face To Face With Challenges Facing Contractors

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Story/Reuben Olita

Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong on Monday convened a meeting of contractors where they narrated the challenges facing them during execution of their contractual obligations.

The meeting held at Farmview Hotel saw the Governor parade his technical team to listen to grievances faced by contractors that was hampering them in meeting their contractual obligations.

“The contractors have given numerous challenges facing them. My administration will look into the challenges with a view to saving the agony of delayed payments among others,” he said.

He added:” My technical team listened to the grievances with payments and procedures taking centre stage.”

H.E Ojaamong said his Government has given the department of Infrastructure and Energy up to 31st August, 2021 to finalize on preparation of Bill of Quantities.This will be followed by advertisement of the tenders.

“Contractors should desist from applying for many jobs they are unable to complete, as this leads to poor service delivery and delays therefore denying county residents the services they require,” he said.

The County chief noted that the executive has approved the Supplemenary Budget which has been forwarded to the County Assembly. The document will be uploaded by the Controller of Budgets as soon as the assembly approves it.

Priority, he said, will be on pending bills and not on new projects, adding that he will convene a meeting with CECs, Chief Officers and Directors on Wednesday to address on the issues raised by contractors.

Deputy Governor, H.E Moses Mulomi outlined issues contractors raised that they want addressed, noting that it is impacting negatively on their contractual obligations.

He also revealed that he will convene another meeting with contractors alone for follow-up on the grievances they raised.

Among the grievances included the conflict between LPOs and BQs, inept service delivery in some departments, complexity in handling payment vouchers and files movement, awarding of tenders, delayed LSOs, delayed payments, cost estimates and project management fees among others.

Lazarus Pepela of BGWays Consultancy Ltd complained of none adherence to contractual terms by departments where payments for consultancies are supposed to be paid at inception.

He revealed that the submission of inception report and the full payment must be done at the validation and submission of final report. This has never been adhered to.

“The county government should allow systems to work.. Contractors should not follow up payments,” said Pepela.

Prof Obel Odhiambo of Field Tech Construction Company Limited lauded Director Procurement, Leonard Omachar for his honesty while discharging his duties.

Joyce Mudaki, Director, Ofumlo Company urged the County to reserve 30 per cent of the tenders to women and People With Disabilities.

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