Transport and Roads Cabinet Secretary Kipchumba Murkomen has revealed that his ministry has 800 stalled projects worth Sh763 billion.
While appearing before the National Assembly plenary on Wednesday 19th April, the CS told the MPs that the government will not initiate new infrastructural projects due to the budget shortfall in financing the projects unless it is funded by a congressional grant.
Murkomen revealed that the government owes road contractors and landowners a whooping Sh145 billion in pending bills for certified works out of the amount, local contractors are owed Sh50 billion.
The CS further noted that due to the current economic situation, the Kenya Kwanza administration has decided to act differently from the previous Jubilee regime which spent massively on infrastructure projects in recent years most of which was money borrowed.
Murkomen said most pending projects are either undergoing slow implementation or have completely stopped as a result of the government’s failure to provide resources to pay contractors.
He said most road projects had stalled for more than five years while nine have been abandoned for a period longer than 10 years.