Drama ensued Wednesday afternoon (August 12) at the Likoni channel in Mombasa after a Chinese contractor attempted to block Transport Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) Wavinya Ndeti from leaving a construction site, saying he had not been informed of her visit to the project.
The contractor, who works for China Road Corporation, said he needed to know who Ndeti was, and why she visited the site without seeking his permission.
“I am the chief engineer tasked with completing this project. Why wasn’t I informed of your visit to this site,” the contractor asked Ndeti.
Mvita Deputy County Commissioner, Charles Monari, tried to explain to the site manager who the CAS was, but he (contractor) wanted to hear none of it.
Monari, thereafter, thrust the site manager aside to allow Ndeti leave the site.
The CAS said, as a Transport ministry official, she “does not have to seek anyone’s permission to visit a construction site funded by the taxpayers’ money”.
The Ksh1 billion project, a footbridge at the Likoni channel, which is penciled in for completion in December this year, is said to be behind schedule.