• The DP further said the Tanzanian contractor should have only two staff members at most from his home country on the project.
• "Mnataka akuje na mmoja ama wawili?" Gachagua asked the residents who responded and said three.
The contractor of the Taifa Gas Investment Special Economic Zone at Dongo Kundu in Mombasa has been directed to pay casual labourers weekly.
Speaking during the launch of the project on Friday, Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua said the casuals are local residents whose need for the cash is urgent.
"Hawa ni watu ya hapa. Usiwalipe mwisho wa mwezi, patia hao kila Jumamosi ndio wapange mambo yao," he said.
(These are people from around here, don't pay them at the end of the month, sort them every Saturday so they can make their plans)
The DP further said the Tanzanian contractor should have only two staff members at most from his home country on the project.
"Watanzania wacha wakue tu wawili pekee yake, wewe kama mwenye kampuni na chief accountant wa kuleta pesa ya kulipa hii watu. Hii watu wengine yote wakuwe watu ya hapa."
(Let Tanzanians be only two; you as the owner of the company and the chief accountant who will be paying these people. All these other people should be from here)
"Mnataka akuje na mmoja ama wawili?" Gachagua asked the residents who responded and said three.
"Baas, wawili, chief accountant na deputy yake," the DP said to a loud cheer from the crowd.
The gas project whose construction works started on Friday is expected to employ over 90,000 local residents directly and indirectly and will take 12 months to be completed.
Taifa Gas Investment SEZ Limited will pump Sh16 billion in Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) for import, storage and distribution.
The 30,000 metric tonne plant is designed to store propane, butane and LPG mix of various grades for domestic, commercial and industrial use.
The facility will be one of Kenya’s largest private sector investments in recent years and among the first multi-nationals to set up a base at the 3,000-acre Dongo Kundu Special Economic Zone.