Machakos Governor Dr Alfred Mutua has called on President Uhuru Kenyatta to put measures in place that will lower inflated costs in road construction in the country.
Similarly Dr Mutua has called for the constitution of a special committee to probe the possible loss of billions through dubious contractors who could have overpriced the costs of tarmacking roads in the successive governments.
The county boss who was reacting to a recent story in one of the local dailies alleging that the country could have been spending up to sh 1 billion in constructing a one kilometer tarmac stretch of road said if proven true; it could turn out to be the highest form of pilferage the country has ever witnessed in recent years.
He said unless the country addresses the alleged malpractice, Kenyans will keep on going for costly off shore loans only for corrupt individuals to pocket the money.
“The cost of living for the ordinary Kenyans has risen to unprecedented levels. It is unacceptable therefore for the country to be spending billions of money in funding projects that are supposed to have cost a fraction of that amount. I am appealing to the President to set up a commission of inquiry into this alleged blatant theft of public money which has forced the country to hike taxes in order to service our external debts and foot the cost of our development projects,” he said.
The governor has similarly called for the scaling down in government expenditure including prudent purchasing of vehicles for high ranking officials.
He said a lot of money is currently being spent on high end vehicles for top ranking government officials while this could have been avoided had the country decided to go for cheaper and more fuel efficient vehicles.
“We should stop living beyond our means while our people continue struggling to live by. Why should we go for a Mercedes Benz which is a fuel guzzler that costs millions of shillings while we can purchase a Toyota or Nissan car that can still serve the same purpose?’ he posed.
He has also called upon the government to stop further borrowing of money to fund local projects arguing that the money could easily end up into individuals’ pockets while leaving the burden of servicing the loans to poor Kenyans.
Meanwhile, the governor has ordered his staff to ensure that all public institutions and buildings complied by December this year to laws pertaining to persons with physical disabilities or risk closure.
The county boss warned those who will not have complied with this directive will have their licenses revoked.
He lamented that many buildings in the country and within Machakos county have for years ignored the plight of people with physical challenges by failing to put in place mobility structures such as rumps to aid their movement into such facilities.