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August 21, 2018

Court stops Sh50 million Thika drainage works

the three judge bench from (Left) Justice Mary Kasango, Resident Judge John Mwera and Justice  Francis Tuiyot during the Mombasa republican council case at the Mombasa High court/FILE
the three judge bench from (Left) Justice Mary Kasango, Resident Judge John Mwera and Justice Francis Tuiyot during the Mombasa republican council case at the Mombasa High court/FILE

A judge has issued a temporary order stopping Chinese firm Jiangxi Water and Hydropower Construction Company from proceeding with Sh50 million construction of a storm water drainage in Thika.

Justice Francis Tuiyott issued the order following an application by lawyer Stephen Oganda representing John Karugu. Karugu is the director of Ventures Limited, a company that was subcontracted to work on the project.

Karugu said they entered an agreement with the Chinese firm to construct the storm water drainage at a cost of Sh50 million but his firm was suddenly evicted from the project site and another contractor given his job.

He accuses the Chinese firm of breaching their contrac by evicting him without notice.

Karugu claimed Jiangxi Water and Hydropower Construction Company frustrated the progress of project and it failed to remit adequate periodic payments since the work began.

The judge granted temporary orders restraining the foreign firm, its agents, their subcontractors or any other person from proceeding with construction of drainage.

The matter will be mentioned on September 28.

 

 

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