BY PETER KOMBE
Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr Fred Matiang’i has warned contractors over delaying government projects saying they risked being blacklisted for future engagements.
The government, according to the CS, is not ready to entertain such contractors that fail to ensure the implementation of projects as par their scheduled timeframes.
“We are here to serve Kenyans. Any contractor who cannot perform to their expectations will be showed the door,” he said adding that the government would not allow mediocrity in its projects.
Addressing the public during the Eid Baraza in Mombasa on June 5, Dr Matiang’i agreed there were challenges in implementing government infrastructural projects in the Mombasa County.
On security, the secretary noted that cases of insecurity had drastically reduced in most parts of the Coast region following a working relation between security agents and the public.
The ministry, he added, had partnered with various stakeholders to ensure that security is prioritized throughout the country.
“I want to congratulate the security agents in this area and its people for working together to fight criminal activities. As we speak, there is some semblance of order in the region,” he said.
Mombasa governor Ali Hassan Joho urged politicians to work together for the common good saying it was high time they concentrated on their pledges to Kenyans instead politicking.
“This is the time to synergize. Let’s put away politics and deliver the promises that we made to the electorates,” he said.
The governor attributed the economic stability in the county to the current political truce being witnessed throughout the country.
Turning to graft, Mr Joho said the current war being waged did not target any particular individual or community but ‘corrupt individuals plundering the public coffers for personal gains’.
“Mwizi ni mwizi (a thief is a thief) and mwizi should not involve his cronies or communities when called to answer charges of corruption deals in the cause of serving the people of Kenya,” he added.
Mombasa Senator Mohammed Faki said the residents of Coast region were against the privatisation of Second Container Terminal at the Port of Mombasa.
He noted that the port was the backbone of the region’s economy and livelihood of the Mombasa County.
“There is this idea of privatising the container two terminal of the Kenya Ports Authority but I want to tell you CS Matiang’i that we shall not allow that to happen,” he added.
Changamwe MP Omar Mwinyi accused some contractors working on major infrastructural facilities in his constituency of dilly-dallying in completing the projects in stipulated time.
On religion, the legislators requested the Chief Kadhi to form a task force that would look into the teaching of Muslim couples on Islamic teachings and practices on marriages.
According to him something should be done to arrest cases of divorce that were becoming rampant in the Muslim community.
For the 24-hour economy to thrive, Mr Mwinyi called on the security apparatus to intensify security with the central business district (CBD) and its suburb environs to boost economic growth within the county.
“We can only achieve a 24-hour economy if our security is guarantee wherever we decide to open a business enterprise. Therefore, I am making this passionate appeal to the security apparatus to guarantee out safety,” he said.
Those in attendance were Speakers Aharub Khatri (Mombasa), Beatrice Elachi (Nairobi) while MPs present were Ken Chonga (Kilifi South), Anthony Oluoch (Mathare), Ali Mbogo (Kisauni) and Andrew Mwadime (Mwatate).
Apart from nominated Senator Agnes Zani, others were County MPs Asha Hussein (Mombasa), Captain Ruweida Obbo (Lamu) and Gladys Wanga (Homa Bay).
Those from administration present were public service chief administrative secretary Rachael Shebesh, Coast regional commissioner John Elungata and Mombasa County commissioner Evans Achoki.