Auditor Nancy Gathungu has raised concerns over the safety of a building project being undertaken by the State Department for Trade and Enterprise Development.
The State Department for Trade and Enterprise Development's building project has been considered unsafe by Auditor General Nancy Gathungu.
Gathungu claimed that the Kenya Institute of Business Training (KIBT) premises at Parklands Complex in Nairobi had a basement that was overflowing with water from underground in her report for the year that ended on June 30, 2021.
“…the second basement floor of the project was overflowing with water from underground. The Management explained that the water was pumped out regularly to avoid overflows,” Gathungu said in her report.
In light of the current water leak and moisture on the basement floor, she claimed that the management failed to clarify the precautions taken to maintain the building's safety.
According to the report, KIBT and a contractor entered into a contract for the partitioning of offices at Parklands Complex for a price of Sh146.6 million. The project was to be completed in six months.
The project began on September 17, 2018, the project was scheduled to end on March 17, 2019.
According to a review of the project file, the contractor requested and was granted many extensions of time, the first of which was from March 17, 2019, to May 17, 2019, followed by June 30, 2019, and then September 24, 2019, according to Gathungu.
She continued by saying that a project audit inspection conducted in the month of October 2021 discovered that the contractor was absent from the site and that the partitioning work had not been finished.
"No convincing justification was offered for failing to complete the job within the time frame specified in the contract. In this situation, the delays may cause cost overruns and postpone the State Department's use of the building for the purpose of rendering public services.
According to a recent audit report on building collapses in Kenya by the National Construction Authority (NCA), poor workmanship has been identified as the primary contributing factor.
The conclusions were reached by NCA after an evaluation of 14,895 buildings.
According to the assessment, 10,791 of the structures were extremely hazardous and required to be either demolished or strengthened before being occupied.
According to the research, a sizable portion of Kenyans are surviving on structural time bombs.
Only 2,194 structures were certified as safe, while another 1,217 were found to be fair.
The NCA also discovered that thousands of unapproved structures are present in Nairobi.
President Uhuru Kenyatta ordered an audit of all Nairobi buildings in January 2015 in an effort to stop the terrible incidents, and it was discovered that only 42% of the buildings in the city were deemed appropriate for occupancy.
The State Department for Trade was further criticized in the report for not having ownership paperwork for land lots in South C, Nairobi.
"According to information that is currently available and declared under Annex 3 to the financial accounts, the State Department is the owner of the Weights and Measures Complex in South C Nairobi, which is situated on an undetermined-value plot of property measuring roughly seven acres. The ownership paperwork, however, were not made available for audit examination, according to her.
The ownership status of the piece of land in South C Nairobi as of June 30, 2021, could not be verified under the circumstances.
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