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30 years on, KNEC building still under construction

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30 years and still counting, the Kenya National Examinations Council’s (KNEC)  Mitihani House in Nairobi’s South C has is still under construction.

Many observers are still puzzled at this building that was meant to house KNEC that has now been dubbed Kenya’s oldest construction site.

The building  g has gone through many contractors, the most recent one being a firm that was awarded a tender valued ta 1.49 billion, however, the deal fell through with only 50% of the week complete. This did not go well with the Auditor-General, Edward Ouko.

“As at June 30, 2018, the council had paid Sh818.3 million net of retention while certified works stood at Sh891.3 million representing 59 per cent of the original contract sum,” he said, adding that Knec did not explain the mismatch between the certified level of works and level of project completion.

The council, which is reportedly facing some tough cash flow challenges, is yet to hire a new contractor.

“With the cancellation of the contract, management risks legal suit from the contractor and this may further delay the completion of the project,” Mr Ouko said in a statement.

The auditor said the council did not provide a road map on how it intends to complete the project, warning that delays in completion would lead to cost escalation, a situation that would deny stakeholders value for their money.

 

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