Contractor faces jail over Sh3b contract
A Chinese contractor risks being sentenced to jail for contempt over Sh3 billion construction of the Centre for Parliamentary Studies and Training in Karen, Nairobi.
China Jiangxi Corporation for International Economic and Technical Cooperation is being accused by Karen & Langata District Association of defying an order issued by Justice Lucy Mbugua of the Environment and Lands Court on August 2.
Contractor had been ordered to stop further construction of the site pending the hearing of the case lodged by residents. It is said that the Chinese firm continued with the project, prompting the Association to commence contempt of court proceedings. Association has also written to the Chinese Ambassador in Nairobi asking him to instruct the contractor to adhere to the court order. “We write to you to bring to your attention that the above mentioned contractor continues with construction despite court orders. This is a violation of the justice system in Kenya and a blatant disrespect of the court orders issued,” association said in the letter. In its opposition to the project, the residents say the development “is a threat to the character of the residential area of Karen and its magnitude and scale affects Karen residents adjacent to this project”.
Institute is being set up as department at the University of Nairobi. University has since renewed its collaboration with Centre for Parliamentary Studies and Training for another five years to offer its fit for purpose and relevant programmes to Parliamentarians and Staff of Parliament.