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Wangamati's Sh1.4 Billion Dual Carriageway Project To Decongest Bungoma Town Allegedly Stalls

The project initiated by the second Bungoma Governor Wycliffe Wangamati might have hit the dead end after contractors withdrew its construction equipments.

The project is meant to decongest and beautify Bungoma town after it faced a lot of accidents with the narrow road being an impediment to motorists.

The 6.5 kilometers Sang'alo Junction-Kanduyi town dual carriageway project was meant to be completed in 18 months but up to date the project is only 25 percent complete.

Sources indicate that the project might have stalled because of the heavy downpour but another source claims the contractor is demanding for huge sums of money.

Motorists have to grapple with the poor road network with a majority getting involved in accidents that have raised concern over the construction period.

A source wrote, "The much hyped dual carriageway flagship project initiated by Governor Wafula Wangamati could have grounded to halt after the contractor submitted interim payment certificates(IPC) amounting to ksh400m,".

The report is alleged to have been submitted in the first week of March 2021 and the county government failing to address the same. 

"My survey has revealed the withdrawal of all machines from the site(from Kanduyi to Sang'alo junction) and all are now parked at the site office," a reliable source wrote.

It went ahead, "I'm reliably informed that the county government has so far paid out certificates amounting to Ksh643 million since the commencement of the project in 2019,".

It continued, It's also emerging that there was no proposal from the department of Roads for further allocation during the 1st supplementary budget. Could this be Wangamati's white elephant?" It posed.

Word has it that Kenya National Highways Authority (KenHA) had complaint of shoddy work on the road.

Contacted, roads Chief Officer Morris Marango stated that the machines had just been taken back to the yard in Musikoma following the heavy downpour.

"Tarmacking of the road and the ongoing rain doesn't augur well, the contractor is also doing stone pitching and other concrete works, it is also very costly to keep idle machines on site," Marango wrote.

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