It may be just too early to call the Homabay County - Delta Trade Partnership a scandal, it however shows all the signs of making the grade - Delta Ga
It may be just too early to call the Homabay County – Delta Trade Partnership a scandal, it however shows all the signs of making the grade – Delta Gate
Questions are increasingly being directed at the Homabay County government over the construction of a new 210 -bed hospital at a cost of Kshs. 3.8Billion and to be handed back to the Homabay County Government after 30 years.
The silence of the County government on the deal is further fueling speculation. This follows a ground-breaking ceremony by the Homabay Governor Cyprian Awiti in the presence of the Turkish investors, making observers of the county worried considering past experiences where high profile projects launched with pomp and celebration and at a high cost, turned out short on project delivery.
The medical facility at the center of the Partnership is to be constructed at the Homabay County Referral Hospital premises and is cited as a public –private partnership between a Turkish firm [Delta Trade Group], Standard Medical Group and the Homabay County.
Some discomfort is now emerging however, over the manner in which the project is being rolled out. One leader while questioning the Partnership, claimed the project was not tendered, which was unacceptable considering its magnitude. Besides, it appears the statutory requirement for public participation may also not have been adhered to before commissioning the proposed project said another.
Enquiries evealed Project information has not been handed over to the assembly further fueling speculation how governor Awiti signed an MoU and proceeded with ground-breaking for a project of such a magnitude before it was approved by the assembly.
Further, some leaders in the county have also suggested that the County Administration has not exhaustively explored better and sustainable options of managing this critical sector. Queries have been raised on the impact of such a partnership on the cost of medical services. It is widely believed that the initiative would make medical services unaffordable for the vast majority of the public in the poor County.
Besides, some members of the civil society claim the County Administrations’ engagement in the Partnership is not above board. Citing that elevating the Hospital to a level Five status would enable the Hospital attract additional funding from the central government. Notably, Level five hospitals are allocated 6billion annually. This is more sustainable they added.
The characteristic silence is disturbing
Pressure is mounting on the County government to come clean on the Turkish deal details.
Claims are now being raised by civil society that unless checked, this Turkish Partnership may just turn out to be yet another “agro-city project,” and earlier project where it was said the county irregularly paid Kshs. 200m to an investor before a feasibility study was conducted. Claims refuted by the Governor.
Requests by civil society for more information on the MOU signed by the governor and the Turkish partners, and on the details of the local partners namely Delta Trade Group and Standard Medical Group has not been forthcoming. They further questioned the 30 year duration before it is handed back to the County government and cited this needed public scrutiny.
Further, enquiries have also revealed that the Project information has not been handed over to the assembly further fueling speculation how governor Awiti signed an MoU and proceeded with ground-breaking for a project of such a magnitude before it was approved by the assembly.
Calls are mounting on the Governor Cyprian Awiti to call a leaders meeting for a more comprehensive understanding of the Turkish deal.
A county known for its robust political tempratures, concerned citizens want to know what’s going on this time — simply because they have been fooled once too often they claim.