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Kitui County to hire 3400 residents in a massive ECDE contract

Kitui County to hire 3400 residents in a massive ECDE contract
Kitui County Governor Dr. Julius Malombe opens a project in his county at a past event. Photo/MWINGI TIMES


County government of Kitui has launched the construction of additional 375 modern Early Childhood Development Education learning centers at a cost of Sh. 350 million.

  Once the new ECDE centres are up and running early next year they will bring the total of classrooms constructed by the County government to 906. Already, 531 ECDE classrooms have been completed and are being used by learners.

  The Kitui County Education Executive Member Peninna Kilonzi on Tuesday presided over the award of local service orders (LSOs) to 340 local contractors to undertake the construction of the ECDE centres. The centres are spread across all the 40 wards in Kitui County, she added.


  Kilonzo said the training of local contractors and awarding them tenders to do the ECDE centres was a deliberate move to create employment and wealth among the locals. She said the ECDE contractors must give jobs to residents near the sites of the upcoming ECDE centres.

  “It is expected that each of the contractors will hire at least 10 locals to work at the sites. They will also source local materials like sand, water and stones from the locals thus ensuring a higher circulation on money among the locals,” she said.

  The County Chief Officer for Administration and Coordination Joseph Musyoka however cautioned the contractors that they risked being black listed if they did shoddy jobs.

''We expect you to complete the contracts in the stipulated time frame. The works must meet the stipulated BQs and acceptable standards. Those of you who do a shoddy will be blacklisted'', said Musyoka.

He said the work of the contractors will be constantly monitored to ensure that it meets the required standards. He added that final contract payment will only be released after experts ascertain the works are up to the standard.

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