Cabinet Secretary for the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Security Dr. Fred Okengo Matiang’i has sent out a stern warning to fake contractors, saying that they will be arrested and prosecuted.
CS Matinag’i was speaking during a consultative meeting with a delegation of leaders from Western Kenya, including Busia, Vihiga, TransNzoia, Kakamega and Bungoma counties.
He had been accompanied by Governor Wycliffe Oparanya, Devolution CS Eugene Wamalwa, Agriculture CS Peter Munya and Sicily Kariuki, CS Ministry of Water, Sanitation and Irrigation among others.
He also stated that the arrest and prosecution would follow public officials, who colluded with the contractors to fleece the public saying they “would bear responsibilities for their actions.”
“We won’t tolerate any contractor wasting public resources. We shall arrest and prosecute them if they fail to deliver; and also apprehend anyone, including public officials, who colludes with such people to fleece the public. Everyone has to bear responsibility for their actions,” Matiang’i said.
While conducting the meeting, CS Dr. Fred Matiang’i who is also the Chair of The National Development, Implementation, Communication, Cabinet, Committee (NDICCC), led the leaders in going through various projects as documented by the Presidential Delivery Unit (PDU) while still adding on to what they required intervention to achieve.
The government officials gave a brief vivid response to the projects, provided updates, and assured leaders that it’s their responsibility to work for the people.
“Public projects belong to citizens and we are sorry for the slow pace, delay, and stalled projects in the region. I am sure this meeting will provide a shopping basket of projects for immediate concern and action,” said CS Fred Matiang’i.
On their part, governors led by Chairperson of the Council of Governors Wycliffe Oparanya, Vihiga Governor Wilbur Ottichilo, and Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong reiterated the importance of working in Synergy to address issues with short and long term solutions especially on matters of COVID-19 effects especially the traffic snarl-up of tracks in border counties of Busia and Bungoma and the flood issues across counties.