Chinese contractor blames delay in tarmacking 74-km road on Covid and rains

The contractor awarded the tender to tarmack the 74-kilometre Mbita-Sori road through Sindo, Magunga and Kiabuya has blamed the delay on Covid-19 and heavy rains.

China Civil Engineers Construction Corporation’s Xiao Hongzhi says they could not import the machinery after the government announced the lockdown of the country.

“Transportation of machinery to Kenya was hampered by the lockdown both here and China,” Xiao said.

The Sh2.83 billion job was awarded in early March.

On July 3, National Assembly Minority leader and Suba South MP John Mbadi handed over the project for the official start of the job.

Mbadi said the tarmacking of the road was to start in 2011 but this did not happen due to some “impasse”.

The government re-advertised the tender late last year and awarded the job to the Chinese company.

“The contractor was to start work 21 days after the handover,” Mbadi said.

But by Friday

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