The Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) is facing challenges in launching the Nairobi Green Park terminus after the main contractor complained about unresolved payments.
In an interview with NTV, the contractor, Osborne Yogo from Fairton Agencies said NMS has not paid even a single cent for the construction of the terminus.
He argued that the payments have been stalled for on year.
Now, ahead of its launch on May 24, Yogo demanded that the NMS should convey a meeting with him and come up with a plan failure to which they will move to court to seek orders to block the launch.
“They have 24 hours to call us to a round table and give us a payment plan; a road map to our payment – and that should be done in a written commitment
“We will move to court seeking an injunction to make sure that this facility is not launched by Tuesday as planned because there is no way the president (Uhuru Kenyatta) can launch the place while it has not been paid for,” Yogo said.
Reacting to the same, NMS Transport Director Engineer Michael Ochieng said he was unaware of the claims, further denying any ties with Yogo.
He claimed that the contract had not been awarded to Fairtone Agencies through NMS but the China Roads and Bridges Corporation (CRBC).
“An Executive Order directing an immediate relocation of the Railway PSV terminus has necessitated a variation f our contract with the CRBC hence the award of this contract to Fairton Agencies ltd. for the construction of the sheds and accompanying facilities,” Ochieng said.
However, Yogo fired back at Ochieng claiming he had transactional proof that they were in contact with Ochieng.
He further accused NMS of attempting to swindle contractors by including them in the main contract awarded to CRBC.
“We have had several transactions and communication to confirm that our engagement was not with CRBC. We were told that CRBC is the one to pay us. Since then it has been a cat and mouse game,” he added.
The terminal will accommodate between 300 and 350 vehicles at a time, and up to 20,000 in a day.
The terminal will handle traffic from Ngong Road, Langata Road/Raila Odinga Road, Argwings Kodhek Road, Bunyala Road and Lusaka Road.