In Summary
  • It has emerged that some of the projects are way behind schedule while others stalled after the contractors pulled out, despite having been paid billions of shillings.
  • The committee chaired by Maara MP Kareke Mbiuki questioned use of the Engineer Procure Construct and Finance (EPCF) financing model, saying it was unnecessarily expensive.
  • The committee wants the perpetrators prosecuted for loss of public funds through idle time if culpability is found.

A parliamentary committee has warned that the government risks not getting value for the Sh120 billion invested in the construction of eight dams across the country.

It has emerged that some of the projects are way behind schedule while others stalled after the contractors pulled out, despite having been paid billions of shillings.

A report by the National Assembly Committee on Environment and Natural Resources, tabled in the House last Thursday, recommended a raft of measures, including special audits of some of the dams as well as their financing models.

The committee chaired by Maara MP Kareke Mbiuki questioned use of the Engineer Procure Construct and Finance (EPCF) financing model, saying it was unnecessarily expensive.

FINANCING MODEL

The team chaired by Maara MP Kareke Mbiuki questioned use of the Engineer Procure Construct and Finance (EPCF) financing model, saying it was unnecessarily expensive.

For instance, it notes that the amounts paid in insurance for the dams’ construction under the model were exorbitant, compared to other financing models.

“This model is, therefore, prone to abuse and value for money may not be efficiently realised,” the report to be debated by MPs says.

The Sh29 billion Itare dam in Nakuru County, that stalled after the contractor, Italian firm CMC di Ravenna, was declared bankrupt, is among those financed using the model.

The construction began in June, 2016, and was due to end by July 2022 but has since stalled.

THWAKE DAM

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