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Daily Nation : February 18th 2014
18 | THE COUNTIES NAIROBI | Traffic management cost among the bills to be footed by contributors Workers to pay for NSSF project losses Managing trustee says contributors will pay for any losses caused as a result of construction of Hazina Trade Centre BY PATRICK NZIOKA @patricknzioka1 email@example.com that may arise during the construction of Hazina Trade Centre Towers. The National Social Security Fund (NNSF) agreed to meet the costs as a condition to be allowed to continue with the construction. Communication between the county C leadership and NSSF, and seen by the Nation, shows that County Secretary Lilian Ndegwa lifted the suspension after the fund agreed to take responsibility and indemnify the county against any claims regarding the safety of the public or tenants. Letters signed by NSSF Managing Trustee Richard Langat further committed the fund to set aside funds ontributors will bear the cost of any losses to businesses and Nairobi county government to implement a traffic management plan. “As clearly stated in our letter dated December 18, 2013, we will take responsibility of the implementation of the project. Further we will implement all mitigation measures noted in the Environment Impact Assessment (EIA), traffic management plan and that may in future be necessary during and after construction period,” Mr Langat said in the letter. In this same letter, Mr Langat di- rected the contractor— China Jiangxi International (K) Ltd— to move to site not later than January 2. Following the letter, the contractor quietly moved to the site and only became evident this month when the road was closed to enable the firm mount a crane at the site. Once the construction is done in three years, the building, located on Moktar Daddah Road in Nairobi will have 44 storeys up from the current eight. It hosts Nakumatt Lifestyle among other businesses. The extension of the building was halted in July, after Labour Cabinet Secretary Kazungu Kambi stopped all NSSF projects whose tenders had been freshly issued and directed that an audit be carried out on the ongo- ‘‘ ing ones. After the suspension of the project, Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero also demanded a fresh Environmental Impact Assessment report from Nema.Dr Kidero said the last report was obtained in 2006 and as such there was need for the assessment to be redone. For a start, Nakumatt has taken charge of two public parkings around the building to facilitate loading and off-loading of supplies for which NSSF will pay the county government Sh5 million at the of Sh 1.7 million per year as loss of income. Mr Langat said that amount will be We will take responsibility of the implementation of the project. Further we will implement all mitigation measures noted in the EIA” NSSF Managing Trustee Richard Langat taken up by the contractor because it had been factored in the contract sum of Sh7. 1 billion in addition to a Sh 700 million insurance cover taken up by the contractor. Asked about the losses that may arise from their tenant Nakumatt as well as the businesses around, Mr Langat said NSSF did not envisage any because the contract signed between the two had indicated the upgrading of the building will take place within the lease period. Nakumatt has leased the building for 21 years and have now done about ten years at a cost of Sh11 million per month. BEAUTY BEHIND BARS | Inmates line up for prison pageant DAILY NATION Tuesday February 18, 2014 COURT HALTS FORM ONE REPLACEMENT IN COUNTY Devolved unit claims admission rules were not followed. Page 21 BRIEFLY NAKURU ADC seeks dismissal of petition in land row The Agriculture Development Corporation yesterday asked the High Court to dismiss a petition filed by a group of pastoralists over a piece land in Naivasha. It said the petition challenging the ownership of the property in Ndabibi was a waste of time and money since there was a similar case filed before another court in 2012. ADC said the petition filed by Mr Alfred Kamaamia and 10 others raised the same issues as the earlier case and will be an abuse of the court process if it is allowed to proceed. HOMA BAY Envoy asks public to be patient with regions British High Commissioner Christian Turner yesterday urged Kenyans to be patient with county governments. Dr Turner said most of the challenges facing devolution revolved around high expectations among the people. He said challenges of the system in Kenya were not different from those in developed countries. “In 1997, my country initiated a drive to devolve power to Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland but the challenges are still immense,” he said in Homa Bay. LAIKIPIA Women prisoners take part in the 2014 Miss Kodiaga Beauty Pageant at the weekend. Fatuma Nankwana was crowned the winner in the annual event that seeks to rehabilitate and nurture the talents of young inmates. JACOB OWITI | NATION Lewa compensates injured British tourist A Kenyan park has paid a Brit- ish tourist unknown amounts as compensation for injuries she suffered when a rogue elephant attacked her. Lewa Conservancy disclosed it had settled the case with Mrs Wendy Martin, who had sued it and won Sh65 million in 2000. However she appealed. In a statement released yesterday, Lewa chief executive Mike Watson said they had settled the matter out of court but did not disclose the amount of cash the conservancy paid. NAKURU Two officials used fake papers to win jobs, say MPs BY NATION CORRESPONDENT Two Nakuru MPs yesterday claimed that two members of the county executive committee used fake degree certificates to secure the positions. Mr Onesmus Kimani Ngunjiri (Ba- hati) and Mr David Gikaria (Nakuru East) said the two executive members were not fit to hold office. “We are taking these documents to the Criminal Investigations Department so that they can start investigating the case because these two officers should be in jail by now,” said Mr Ngunjiri. They spoke during a press confer- ence in Nakuru town. At the same time, the lawmakers urged Governor Kinuthia Mbugua to lead the war on corruption by making sure that the two officers are suspended pending investigations. The documents made available to the media showed that one of the executive members used forged documents from the University of Brunel, a London-based institution, We shall not allow Nakuru County to be led by ministers with fake degrees” MP Onesmus Kimani Ngunjiri and presented them as genuine. Mr Ngunjiri criticised the county’s appointments committee over failure to verify the papers before the two were hired. “We shall not allow Nakuru County to be led by ministers with fake degrees. “We are now calling on the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission to investigate all the appointments at the executive level,” said Mr Ngunjiri. “Our governor should not keep quiet when such senior officers in the county government used forged documents. If he keeps quiet, we shall ensure he is sacked,” he added. NYERI Finance Bill returned to county executive The Nyeri Finance Bill is headed back to the executive after the County Assembly rejected it, saying it was flawed. Finance Committee chairman Paul Ngiria yesterday said 90 per cent of the proposed law contained proposals that were unclear and untenable. The proposed law sparked demonstrations by traders and church leaders, who demanded to be consulted. Critics of the Bill claim it contains vague categories of informal traders.
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