Transport Cabinet Secretary Kipchumba Murkomen has clarified that the contract signed for the construction of the Ngong Road flyover was commercial, allowing for financial agreements that are yet to be finalized.
Responding to Nairobi-based lawyer Ahmednassir Abdullahi on Friday, the CS noted that the ministry was yet to access the financial resources for the construction of the flyover at the Ngong and Naivasha Road Junction.
The lawyer had raised concerns about the delays in the commencement of the project, citing that there was no evidence of construction at the site.
Nassir questioned the progress of the project nearly a year after the CS announced the signing of the contract in January 2023.
CS Kipchumba Murkomen, KURA officials and Centunion officials during the signing of the contract in January 2023 at Transcom House
“CS Kipchumba Murkomen, your first high-profile public engagement after your appointment in 2022 was the inauguration of a project that was to resolve the traffic problem at the junction intersection. I think the project was won by a Spanish company. 13 months later, we don’t see even a wheelbarrow on-site…what happened?” Ahmed Nassir questioned.
The CS, however, clarified that the commercial contract was to allow negotiations on the financial agreements, adding that it was not to pave the way for the immediate commencement of the project.
Murkomen further emphasised, “We only signed a commercial contract paving the way for negotiations of financial agreement which should be finalised soon for us to access the resources and for the contractor to commence the works.”
The contract in question was meant to facilitate the construction of a flyover at the Ngong and Naivasha Road Junction which was marred by perennial congestion.
Kenya Urban Roads Authority (KURA) awarded the contract to a Spanish Company, identified as Centunion S.A, in January 2023.
Based on details revealed by the CS, the contract was meant for the design, supply and construction of Ngong Road/Naivasha Road Junction Flyover.
In his announcement of the contract, Murkomen stated that the project is expected to enhance mobility, create jobs for our youth, and enhance the safety of both motorists and pedestrians.
The construction of the project is estimated to take 30 months with the project commencement date yet to be established at the time of publication of this article.
Transport CS Kipchumba Murkomen conducts a meeting with taxi-hailing operators at his office on December 7, 2023