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Monday, 19 Sep 2016 15:16 EATnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.com
The Machakos County Assembly has approved a report requiring the county government to complete all stalled Early Childhood Centers in the county within three months.
The report adopted last Friday indicates that out of 80 ECD Centers earmarked for construction, only 34 were initiated. The report prepared by the Education and Youth Affairs Committee showed that the ECD centers have stalled since 2013/2014 financial year despite an allocation of sh1million per center.
Committee Chairman David Manyolo, who is the MCA for Matuu Ward, tabled the report which indicates that some of the ECD centers had not seen any construction since the programme was started three years ago.
Members confirmed that contractors pulled out due to non-payment of their dues pulling out of the incomplete centers.
“It’s unfortunate that some contractors left the work incomplete because the department failed to pay them. We are wondering where the money went since the County Assembly had had approved the allocation of the money to pay the contractors,” Mr Sammy Nduva of Kithimani Ward said.
Yatta Sub County, which has five wards, is one of the most affected by the delay of the project. Only one class was done in Kithimani,” said Ikombe MCA Nathaniel Nganga, citing the regulation that each ward was to get two centers done.
The MCAs chastised the county government and demanded that all contractors be paid to ensure that the centers are completed by November, failure to which they will censure the executive officer in charge of the department.
“If these centers are not complete by November, somebody will have to go home for failure to do his/her duty. That is the position of the County Assembly as of now”, said Wamunyu MCA Kyalo Kyuli