Young people who claim to have worked on a road construction project in Kitui County have yet to be paid their wages two years down the line.
The 15 young people from Kauma in Mwingi region cleared bushes for nine days during the road construction project in September 2018.
Speaking this morning, 23rd May, they urged the county government to pay up.
“We have been asking for our money and all we are told is the county government never fails to pay for work done. But up to now, we have not been paid,” one of them, Menge Mboya, said.
Another, Musee Mbai, called upon the county minister of roads and transport to intervene and get them paid.
Felistus Mutinda said: “We have been so patient since then and are now crying out to the county government to please pay us our dues.”
They said they needed the money to alleviate their suffering due to the hard times caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Rose Munyoki asked the county government to push the contractors to pay up, if they are the ones to blame for the delay.
Early this year, as it announced the payment of compensation to the Kibwezi-Kitui road landowners by the National Land Commission, the county government assured all the road construction workers that they they would soon get their dues as all the contractors had been paid.