The construction of a modern fishing complex at Liwatoni in Mombasa County which had stalled due to cancellation of an earlier tender is set to kickstart after a new contactor was brought on board.

The new contractor, CEER, who has six months to complete and hand over this presidential legacy project, was chosen from new bidders after an earlier tender was cancelled.

He contractor was unveiled by Fisheries, Aquaculture and Blue Economy Principal Secretary Francis Owino flanked by his Public Works colleague Solomon Kitunguu, attributed the delay to conclude the project to the cancellation of the first contract, and a “long and tedious” procurement procedure.

“The new contractor we are unveiling today has six months to complete and hand over this presidential legacy project, which will be a major boost to coastal fisheries,” said Dr Owino.

Once the facility, which will be completed at a cost of Kshs.1.4 billion, fishing vessels operating in Kenya’s territorial waters will be required to land their catch.

The project that was allocated Kshs.1.8b in the 2021/2022 financial year has been dogged by corruption allegations, with the anti-graft agency Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) coming in to investigate procurement flaws in the awarding of the contract.

The Liwatoni project is a presidential legacy project which was launched by President Uhuru Kenyatta in November 2018 to harness Kenya’s potential in the blue economy. The project is intended to increase fish production from the current 146,687 metric tonnes (MT) to more than 350,000MT in the next five years.

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