Sep 20, 2021

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Kenyans lost Sh830m in Jubilee’s unmet stadia promise

Taxpayers may have lost over 830 million shunt in the stadiums that headed the 2017 election pledges of President Uhuru Kenyatta and DP William Ruto.

The Jubilee government, mainly DP Ruto, has been devastated by Kenyans. even more on social media, about the unfulfilled stadium promise.

New details on how affectionate individuals might have used the roadside statements to reap the sweat of taxpayers, Sports Kenya got to the heart of the matter.

The query highlights the questionable expenditure of almost 2 billion Shillings. which the auditor said could not be confirmed in a review of the agency’s books for the year ending June 2019.

Auditor General Nancy Gathungu has revealed how hundreds of millions of shillings have been paid to contractors , however, no substantial work was done on the Sh2.5 billion stadium projects.

She said Sports Kenya did not submit any tender documents for contracts for Kamariny. Ruringu, Kichoge Keino, Karatu Ndarugu, Wote, Mars abit, Kirubia and Kinoru.

The auditor said the county’s stadium projects had been tackled without due process, citing Sports Kenya said the Did not use tender documents for the audit.

The audit further announced that the alleged irregularities were investigated by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission.

Gathungu said that her no original tender documents , Tender Opening Minutes, Evaluation Committee Reports and Procurement Expert Opinions were made available.

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“The documents are said to have been taken by the EACC officials to help investigate alleged irregularities in the tendering process “Said the examiner.

Gathungu added that the documents will also fail to review the Sportkenya books for the June 30th, 2018 review Financial year stated.

“It could not be confirmed whether the tenders were awarded competitively and whether the public receives good value for money on the amount already paid”, t he report reads.

The Kenyans may also have lost $ 54 million paid to a legal adviser on the construction of three public-private partnership stadiums.

“The advisor above the original The contract amount was paid – Sh 47 million. – but so far no PPP has been concluded and no stadium developed with PPP. ”

Officials from Sports Kenya also paid 537 million Shillings. for a feasibility study of three international stadiums in Nairobi, Mombasa and Eldoret for Sh 110 million. should be built.

Gathungu said there was no evidence that the feasibility study and designs would be used by the consultant for over five years after completion.

“Although the Nairobi sites When Mombasa and Eldoret were identified, only a formal agreement was signed to initiate the land acquisition process, ”reports the auditor.

Taxpayers may have also lost Sh355 million paid to a contractor who has since been there work on the Kazaran. has given up i Stadium and Kenyatta University Sports Field.

The contractor received 50 percent of the contract amount – which exceeded 20 percent – without a bank guarantee in violation of public procurement law.

The total payments exceeded the original Contract for Sh11 million, but the work that included laying a tartan track on the Kenya University sports field has been abandoned.

Similar circumstances occurred at the various district stadiums promised by the Jubilee Administration and since then by the contractors commissioned.

An audit inspection by Kamariny showed that work on the playing field and track system had not yet started and the contractor had given up on the construction site.

The The auditor said in the August 12 report that the board had given the contractor Sh 160 million. Sh. the award of the contract in the amount of Sh 287 million. had paid. Anti-doping rooms, stadium management offices, field w orks and lanes.

“Management has not provided a satisfactory explanation as to why the contractor left the site prior to the completion of the work or to provide evidence of Measures to ensure the completion of the work. “

The Ruringu Stadium in Nyeri was also found abandoned, although the contractor pocketed $ 71 million for no work done. The contract expired and had to be extended during the audit.

Delayed work was also reported at the Kinoru Stadium in Meru District, where the contractor completed the work due to non-payment of 488 million tendering for 442 million. Sh.

Kirubia Stadium in Tharaka Nithi was 85 percent complete during the audit, with the auditor raising concerns about the work not being completed by the end of the contract extension.

A test in the Wote Stadium in Makueni showed that there was no noticeable work on the field and track. The underground excavations were partially carried out and no enclosing wall was erected.

“The site looked disorganized, with building materials like sand, ballast and stones scattered all over the place, and the contractor had left the site”, Gathungu said.

The contractor had Sh104 million during the contract period. The auditor cast doubts about the value for money of the expenses already incurred.

No progress was reported for the Karatu Ndarugu stadium in Gatundu – the president’s backyard – but the audit showed that work on an athletics track, washroom and parking lot has not yet started. Concerns that delayed contractual work in the stadiums is likely to escalate project costs.

Edited by Henry Makori