Former Transport cabinet secretary Michael Kamau and Asian contractor Kanji Patel are embroiled in a payment tussle running into millions of shillings.
It all started when Patel’s firm Kay Construction won the tender to construct St Mary’s Nyakahura-Kiamara-Muringato Irima Gatugu road at a whopping Sh890 million.
Patel known to evade paying taxes then subcontracted Githambo General Contractors to construct two layers of hand packing stones. The contract sum was Sh136 million. As per contract, Kay was to be paid and in turn pay Githambo.
According to sources, at one time, Patel convinced Kamau then CS, to change the original design of the road from using stones to soil to reduce costs but ended up pocketing the balance. The move saw Githambo raise eyebrows on grounds that the government had issued enough funds for proper sub base construction.
A bitter Patel moved fast and cancelled his contract and engaged three other subcontractors. Githambo feeling shortchanged moved to court and sued Kanji Patel for breach of contract. The case is in Nyeri High Court case no 135/2009.
The court ruling further gave direction to have Githambo back on site. At one time, Kamau is said to have visited the project and instructed Kanji to write a warning letter to the firm from constructing sub base.
Instead, the road was built using one layer only saving Sh56,850,000 that could have been used for the subbase.
Instead of paying Githambo General Contractors for 29.5km project done, a one Asian Hanji Hillan Mani was the beneficiary.
Weekly Citizen has information Githambo directors have recorded a statement at DCI as Patel was summoned to go record a statement at the DCI.