Police lose Sh168m on shoddy work, audit says

Auditor-General Nancy Gathungu

Auditor-General Nancy Gathungu during an interview at her office in Nairobi on October 26, 2020. 
 

Photo credit: Lucy Wanjiru | Nation Media Group

Taxpayers did not get value for Sh168 million appropriated for the construction, upgrade and other works of three police stations, according to a report tabled at the National Assembly.

Auditor-General Nancy Gathungu has questioned the use of Sh168,672,469 by the Kenya Police Service.

In the report tabled by Majority Leader Amos Kimunya, Ms Gathungu says contractors who won the tenders opted for poor quality materials instead of what was agreed.

The service did not get value for its money in the construction of Sh9.7 million residential houses at Nyamarambe police post, Ms Gathungu says.

She added that the firm deviated from the use of materials agreed on in the contract signed in on May 2019.

According to an August 30 inspection, the contractor used 12mm ditto high yield square reinforcement bars on the second floor instead of the 16mm high yield twisted reinforcement bars.

Steel and wheel

The inspection also revealed that the contractor used clay bricks and natural dressed stones that are of poor quality.

There is nothing to show for the Sh151 million meant for the completion of Kamukunji police station, the auditor report goes on.

The contract was awarded to a local company in October 2018.

The work involved fencing and building a perimeter wall, testing electrical installations, plumbing, drainage and installing tanks.

An inspection team encountered leaking roofs in the three blocks in January this year.

While the bill of quantities provided for the construction of two steel gates with wheels and guiding rails, only one was built according to the required specifications.

However, its wheels and rails are not working.

Completion of Sh10.8 million civil works at Pangani police station hangs in the balance as the contractor has left the site.

The contract agreement was signed in April 2018 and the work was to last 52 weeks.

By the time the contractor left, joint precast concrete channel, headwalls, culverts and manholes had not been done.

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