Editorial: DOSHS on the Spot over Delayed Construction Project
The building meant to house among others the OSH training Institute was started in 2009 and has so far been constructed by 3 different contractors
The Kenya Directorate of Occupational safety and health Services (DOSHS) has come under fire over a Sh500 million construction project that has remained stalled nine years later.
According to the auditor general's 2014/15 audit report currently under consideration by the watchdog committee of the National Assembly the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), the project remains incomplete since the contract was awarded. The builders' work was divided into five phases with construction being advertised, evaluated and awarded to different contractors per floor.
An audit inspection undertaken on February 10, 2016 also revealed poor workmanship, with fears that it may never be occupied and that the money may have gone down the drain.
The building which was meant to house among others the Occupational Safety and Health training Institute was started in 2009 and has so far been constructed by 3 different contractors incurring Sh325 million with phase five pending.
The auditor general also noted that the completion date was not specified in contract documents, contrary to dictates of the Public Procurement and Disposal Act.
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Act, DOSHS is required to establish a safety and health institute to undertake research into all aspects of safety and health and to conduct safety and health skills training for occupational safety and health officers and other persons.
The delay in completion of this project has affected the Directorate's capacity to effectively carry out this mandate which is likely to have a bearing on the state of safety at the workplaces.