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KeNHA Investigates Wolf Paving Kenya for Shoddy Mombasa Road Work

Contractor Wolf Paving Kenya Summoned by KeNHA Over Shoddy Work on Mombasa Road

Contractor Wolf Paving Kenya Summoned by KeNHA Over Shoddy Work on Mombasa Road

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The Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) has called upon Wolf Paving Kenya Ltd, a road construction company, in response to complaints about the subpar work being carried out on Mombasa Road in Nairobi.

This action was prompted by mounting pressure on Roads and Transport Cabinet Secretary Kipchumba Murkomen, following complaints from motorists who use the lower section of Mombasa Road.

They demanded an explanation for the slow and substandard construction work being undertaken by the Kenyan-based firm.

Residents of Imara Daima, in particular, have expressed frustration over the sluggish and unsatisfactory progress of road repairs. These issues arose during the construction of the 27-kilometer Nairobi Expressway, which resulted in damage to Mombasa Road.

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According to insider reports, officials from Wolf Paving Kenya Limited were extensively questioned by KeNHA Directors regarding the substandard quality of their work on Mombasa Road.

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In response, the company has pledged to expedite construction efforts and invest in additional equipment to ensure higher-quality work.

Two Kenyan companies secured a Sh3 billion contract for the rehabilitation of the lower section of Mombasa Road, Uhuru Highway, and Waiyaki Way. The other company involved is Shovels and Trowels Limited.

In accordance with the tender documents, Shovels and Trowels Limited is responsible for repairing the stretch of road from Waiyaki Way at the James Gichuru Road junction to Ole Sereni at a cost of Sh1.2 billion.

Meanwhile, Wolf Paving is tasked with repairing the section extending from Ole Sereni to Athi River, with a budget of Sh1.9 billion.

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Despite the substantial investment in construction work, motorists using Mombasa Road have raised concerns about the poor quality of work delivered by Wolf Paving, given the high cost of the project.

Mr. John Kamau, a motorist residing in Imara Daima estate, voiced his dissatisfaction, stating, “We are deeply concerned about the slow progress and substandard work being carried out by the company tasked with repairing Mombasa Road.”

In addition to these concerns, motorists using the highway are apprehensive about potential flooding along Mombasa Road as the El Nino season approaches in October.

The original deadline for completing the rehabilitation work by both companies was early 2024. However, this target now appears unattainable, mainly due to Wolf Paving Kenya Limited’s failure to complete even half of the construction work. The project encompasses resurfacing the damaged road, excavation, and the installation of drainage channels along the highway.

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