A contractor putting up a modern law court in Siaya has been ordered to refund over Sh. 3 million that was to be used for purchase of water during construction but ended up using the commodity from the court’s main connection.
According to a joint team comprising members of the national assembly public accounts committee, the office of the auditor general and Judiciary headquarters, the contractor, M/s Nanchang Foreign Engineering Kenya Ltd. Will have to refund sh. 3.2 million after it was established that it did not spend a penny on water.
Led by PAC member who is also the Rarieda Member of Parliament, Otiende Amollo, the team that was in Siaya to follow up on audit queries raised by the auditor general ordered the judiciary headquarters to follow up with the contractor to ensure that the public funds were not lost.
“We have directed that the money must be refunded and judiciary head office has undertaken to do that,” said Otiende Amollo who was briefing the media outside the Siaya law courts Tuesday.
He said that the team had also established that, the contractor did the works specified on a Sh. 16 million advance payment. The matter had been flagged by the auditors who queried the rationale of paying the contractor yet the works had not been done.
Despite the few challenges, Otiende Amollo said that his team was satisfied with the workmanship of the sh.347 million project that is funded by the World Bank.