County staff paying shoddy contractors will be sacked- Obado

Migori County Government has instructed stern action against its staff who will be found approving payments for shoddy works done by the contractors.

Governor Zachary Okoth Obado, while inspecting the construction of ECDE classroom at Gitimu Primary School in Kuria West Sub County, said that his office will not tolerate poor workmanship in the county and told such staff that they belong to the jail.

And local MCAs who accompanied the governor said they were ready to work with the Governor to trace such contractors to ensure legal action was taken.

“This is serious and we shall work together with the Governor to ensure such contractors are not paid and eventually legal action taken against them,” said Makerero Ward Representative, Joseph Hoyo.

The County Government’s department of Education, Youth and Sports has revealed poor workmanship and unnecessary delays in the construction of some ECDE classrooms in some sub counties.

The county government is in the process of constructing 120 ECDE classrooms across the county, with more funds allocated in the next Financial Year to build more.

“My government will not tolerate such kind of work. I would not spare even my own brother if found messing up in my government. We shall take necessary action against such contactors and staff who approve these works for payments,” the Governor said.

Obado added that contractors whose works are poor will not be paid by the county government and whoever approves the payment will be dealt with according to the law.

County Executive Committee member in charge of Education, Michael Ogutu, said that the department has identified some classrooms that have not been done to the required standard and said such contractors will not be paid.

“This is bad. How can we pay when the work is poorly done? No stone will be left unturned,” he said.

 During the tour, Obado also gave out cheques worth Sh4.6 million bursary to students from Kuria West Sub County.

 “We value education in this county and whoever is found misusing the tax payers’ money and not giving quality work will go home,” Obado said.