Following the recent tender notice advertisement for routine maintenance of road works, Pre-tender site visits commenced yesterday 31st October, 2018.

The tender notice comprises of 36 Projects that include road maintenance works, river protection works and drifts construction. The Projects are among the routine maintenance of sub-counties and inter sub-county road works, a program financed by Kenya Roads Board under Roads Levy Maintenance Fund. (RLMF).

The project funds accumulated from FY 2015/2016 – 2017/2018 to KSHs 753 Million. In the FY 2018/2019, 20 projects were implemented in the 1st quarter covering 1087KMs. In this 2nd quarter, the 36 advertised projects will be implemented. The last batch of the RLMF projects will be implemented in the 3rdquarter and this will purely entail gravelling.

All interested bidders assembled at the Ministry of Infrastructure, Transport and Public Works (MITPW) yesterday for briefing and directions regarding the site visits.

While addressing the interested bidders, Chief Officer Infrastructure and Transport Ariko John Namoit said it was important to conduct a pre-tender site visit to enable those interested to ascertain what needs to be done so that they get informed of what they will fill in the bill of quantities to be attached in their tender applications.

The Chief Officer stated that Project funds from the National Government had been halted for some time but will soon be released following the Government promise to own liability of all the pending projects.

“County Ministries are now relying on the county treasury for advice on what Projects to advertise based on available funds”, said Namoit. “As at now, the Ministry of Infrastructure Transport and Public Works is only advertising for Projects whose funds are available”, he added.

There was a suggestion that those awarded tenders in the first batch of Projects should not be considered in the current advertised one’s and to this the chief officer explained that the Ministry is not in a position to decide who to allocate the tenders as it is guided by Government policy that advocates for open tendering process. He said that the Government has a structural way of allocating tenders and thus advised all interested bidders to ensure they have right documentation in their applications and to submit them in time.

It was also raised that no regrets are send to unsuccessful bidders and the Chief Officer disagreed to this saying that the reason why some bidders don’t receive their letters is because they give wrong addresses. He therefore asked them to ensure the address they give is correct before submitting their documents.

C.O Ariko went further to state that most local contractors have little experience and knowledge in tender applications and thus the Ministry is planning to have all the local contractors trained on how to successfully compete with other contractors.

The pretender site visits began yesterday with director Roads Henry Nalipan, engineer Simon Nakucho and engineer Amos Lokaale being in charge. Projects in Turkana Central were all visited yesterday 31stOctober 2018, those in Turkana South and Loima will be visited today 1st November, Turkana Central on 2nd and 3rd while those in Turkana North will be visited on 1st, 4th and 5th of this month.

Tender applications for the advertised projects will close at 10 am on the 6th November, 2018 and submitted applications will be opened publicly soon after the closing time and date. Late bids will be returned unopened.