Kenyan road contractors who responded to a tender by the Kenya Urban Roads Authority (Kura) in January for contractors to transform the Dagoretti Corner–Karen segment into a dual carriageway were not found qualified for the job.
Several Kenyan road contractors were found to have little capacity to mobilise resources. Additionally, the firms were found to be already involved in other projects, which could have slowed delivery of the Ngong Road project.
“In the initial process, we felt the contractors that had bid for the job would not be able to undertake the project and deliver as expected,” he added.
Many of those that had bid were local and they are stretched with the number of road projects that they are currently undertaking,” said Mr Cheboi.
Another segment of the road between Prestige Plaza and Dagoretti Corner will be financed by Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica) and is likely to be built by a Japanese firm.
The two segments between Dagoretti Corner and Karen Shopping Centre roundabout are are in addition to the ongoing expansion and dualling of the stretch between the Kenya National Library and Prestige Plaza.