Auditor-General raises queries over Sports academy hiked cost
Auditor General Nancy Gathungu has raised a red flag over the delayed completion International Sports Academy at Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani.
In her report of the Kenya Academy of Sports for the year ended June 30 2020, Gathungu noted there is a possible risk that the cost could escalate further due to the delay in completion.
She said the project’s initial contract price of Sh860 million was increased to Sh1.1 billion.
The report states that the Sports Stadia Management Board (now Sports Kenya) entered into a contract on 21 March 2013 for the construction of an International Sports Academy at Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani at a contract value of Sh860 million.
The scope of the project included the construction of a hostel building; a two floors hotel, two football pitches, two basketball pitches, a rugby pitch and a borehole.
As of 30 June 2020, payments totalling Sh1.1 billion had been made to the contractor and consultants, exceeding the initial contract value by 16 per cent equivalent to Sh272 million.
Additionally, during the time that the payments were done the project had not been completed – was about 95% complete - for phase one, four years after the expiry of the contract period.
“Consequently, value for money has not been realized from the expenditure of Sh1.1 billion on the project. Also, there is a possible risk of further project cost escalation due to a delay in completion,” the report says.