A journey that started in the first term of Governor Mwangi wa Iiria is set to come to an end with the birth of a Milk Processing factory.
A multi million processing plant is set to be completed in the next two weeks in Maragua Constituency with dairy farmers expected to reap big from this.
The plant will have a capacity to handle at least half a million litres of milk every day.
At the moment, the county only manages to collect 150,000 litres a day. Once completed, the plant will be run by the Murang’a County Creameries, a company made up of all the dairy cooperatives in the county.
According to the CEC incharge Water executive Paul Macharia, the factory is in the final stages of completion and will be open for operations as all necessary machines have been installed.
“We are working round the clock with myself being incharge of the operations here and we will be done in no time.” he told Mt Kenya Journal.
The processing equipment was bought in 2015 and more than 45 Murang’a MCAs and Governor Mwangi Wa Iria flew to Mombasa to confirm arrival in 2017.
CEC Paul said works at the factory site have been under the supervision of county officials not through tendering,
However in the past there have been questions surrounding the award of the tender.
Documents signed by Murang’a County Secretary Patrick Mukuria show that the tender was awarded to Red Brick Enterprises Ltd on September 1, 2014. The contract sum allocated was Sh250,824,393.
But in the import declaration form lodged with the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA), the company submitted that the total value of the unassembled pasteurisation line, UHT processing and packaging line, yoghurt and filling plant and a power generator to be imported from China was to cost $914,600 (about Sh93.2 million) at the current exchange rate.
The county government had indicated in its Letter of Credit (LC) report when seeking Sh177,554,058 on November 16, 2015 from Chase Bank that the equipment was ready for shipment. Asked about the huge differences in the tender documents and the KRA figures, the governor said he did not trust papers purported to originate from KRA as his office had not been asked to substantiate the information.
It has also emerged that county government awarded the Sh250 million milk plant contract to Red Brick Enterprises Ltd when the company had not been registered by the Registrar of Companies.
However Mwangi wa Iria denied any wrong doing in the MCC dealings saying they were lies being peddled for the project to fail.