Turkana Deputy Governor Peter Lotethiro has put on notice a contractor undertaking construction of the Sh72 million Napuu water project.
The project was launched by Governor Josphat Nanok in September 2019 and was scheduled to be completed in June 2020 but is currently at 70 per cent.
Speaking on Wednesday at the County Headquarters, the Deputy County Boss gave the County Water Department and the contractor one week to come up with a solution to factors causing delay in completion of the project.
During the meeting attended by representatives of National Water Harvesting and Storage Authority, Lotethiro said they had assured residents that that the project would be complete by last June.
“We are at pain to explain to the public why the project is not complete and why they have no water four months down the line. When I addressed the media with the Authority’s Chairman Erick Okeyo, he gave time frames and we announced to the people who are now blaming us,” the Deputy Governor said.
The project is expected to benefit over 10,000 residents in Kanamkemer.
DG Lotethiro directed technical teams from the County Government to engage with the Contractor to address issues raised on variations cited as reason for delay.
He advised that the Authority should not commit to timelines before a review of the contract is completed and proposed solutions for causes of delays are raised. He has however asked the Water Authority to complete works contained in the original contract while the review was being carried out.
County Executive for Water, Environment and Mineral Resources Chris Aletia reported that the contractor was forced to sink a new borehole after the first one turned out to be low yielding.
He said a Technical team with membership from Ministry and NWHSA will be constituted to assist solve challenges raised and assured that the review will be guided by regulations on procurement to ensure all parties met their obligations.
Acting General Manager Technical Planning and Design Eng Henry Kigenyi said the Authority was keen to hand over a project that will meet set objectives.
Senior County Government officials present in the meeting include Deputy Director for Procurement Samson Nakito and a host of senior staff from the Department of Water Services, Procurement and County Treasury.