Jubilee Dev - Joint National and County government Kshs 4 billion CBD roads repair awarded to Chinese Firms.

3 Chinese firms bag Sh4bn to fix roads
FRIDAY, MAY 25, 2018 5:27

BY BONFACE OTIENO
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Transport and Infrastructure secretary James Macharia. FILE PHOTO | NMG

Works on Nairobi roads that were damaged by recent flash floods have begun in earnest following the award of Sh4.1 billion worth of contracts to three Chinese firms. Transport and Infrastructure secretary James Macharia said the government had struck a deal with Sinohydro Limited, China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) and China Wu Yi, setting the stage for the repair works to begin.

“We have entered into an agreement with the three Chinese firms to repair any roads damaged by the ongoing rains since January,” said Mr Macharia, adding that the three were picked because of their huge financial muscle that allows them to work and get paid upon completion of the works.
“The goal is to complete the work in the next six months,” he said.

The list of roads earmarked for rehabilitation within Nairobi’s CBD includes Kaunda Street, Muindi Mbingu Street and Ronald Ngala Street. Standard Street, Kirinyaga Road, Harry Thuku Road and Banda Street and Moktar Daddah Street are also in the list. The contractors are also expected to extend their works outside the CBD to outlying areas such as Huruma Road in Kamukunji, Hamza Road in Makadara, Ngumba Estate roads in Kasarani and Embakasi North Constituency’s Utwala Road.

“We have asked the contractor to prioritise River Road, Tom Mboya, Latema Street, and Kirinyaga Road for initial repair then move to others on need basis,” Mr Macharia said.

The three Chinese firms are among the latest in a chain of Asian companies undertaking multi-billion shilling infrastructure projects in Kenya. CRBC is the company that is building the standard gauge railway line that has already connected the port city of Mombasa with the capital Nairobi. Sinohydro Corporation Limited, a Chinese state-owned hydropower and construction firm, in January won yet another multi-billion shilling contract to build the Ruaka to Ruiru by-pass.

China Wu Yi is, on the other hand, the company that built Nairobi’s Thika Superhighway and the University of Nairobi’s tower. China’s biggest freight wagon manufacturer, CRRC Qiqihar, holds yet another multi-million shilling contract to service locomotives and wagons while another Chinese firm — China Communications Construction Company (CCCC) — is the operator of the new rail for five years.

Is maintenance of the said roads a separate contract? Asking for a friend :smiley:

Its not specified, so that means Nairobi county will handle all maintenance especially drainage.

The devil lies in the details.

Nairobi City County can’t handle shit! :smiley: Anyway, hope it works out.

We should have contracted these firms a decade ago. We can now be assured of decent roads in the city. In the meantime, ile barabara ya Gikomba bado inaendelea 7 years later.

Why do those 3 Chinese firms seem to have a monopoly on road contracts in Kenya?

All contractor in Kenya has been rated by NCA since 2012. They vet your equipments, serialize all of them, your staff qualifications, your facilities, your financial records, licences and all other statutory records. They are then classified. This completed weeded out briefcase contractors and revealed the true nature of construction companies. Now all projects are first classified according to grades and only those contractors who qualify to that grade can apply. China Wu Yi and CBRC has gone a step further by poaching Kenyan engineers from other firms to increase it pool of local talent in its upper and middle management. That’s why KeNHA contracts are perfect since only the top contractors qualify to bid for them. KURA and KERRA road grades allows other less graded firms to bid and it shows in the end.

Because they are evidently doing a much better job than the likes of Kirinyaga construction and other briefcase cartel operators.

Kumbe una jua

The local contractors only have themselves to blame. If you cannot beat them, join them.

[INDENT]Transport and Infrastructure Cabinet Secretary James Macharia told the Nation the government had gone out of its way to favour Kenyan companies but delays and poor workmanship persisted.[/INDENT]
[INDENT]“When we are assessing contract bids and we find a Kenyan company has equal marks with a foreign construction company, we award 15 marks to the Kenyan company. It’s our wish to see local companies grow and even do mega projects in future but going by how they have played their part, the government is disappointed,” said Mr Macharia. https://www.nation.co.ke/news/Transport-CS-Macharia-blames-local-contractors-for-delays-/1056-3882960-h9trmyz/index.html [/INDENT]
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That road ukiteremka hapo Country bus station is one of the worst in the city.

It is sad that after 50+ years of independence, we’re awarding contracts worth billions of shillings to Chinese companies.

After the nonsense in Upper Hill ,I say No local contractor should be given any road contract