Drama unfolded at Liwatoni in Mombasa on Wednesday after a Chinese contractor blocked government officials from inspecting a Sh1.5 billion project.
Public Works Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) Wavinya Ndeti had led a delegation from the Transport Ministry to check the progress of the Likoni suspension bridge, which is under construction.
But a China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) contractor blocked the team from accessing the construction site by closing the gates and demanded to know who sent them.
The contractor maintained he could not let them in as he had not been informed of the planned visit in advance.
“I am the Chief Engineer of the project No one informed us of any plans of visiting to check, you understand?” the contractor says.
Videos shared on social media show CAS Wavinya and other government officials in a heated confrontation with the Chinese engineer.
“I’m Kenyan. A minister in this government. I can walk into any project. What are they hiding?” posed CAS Wavinya.
One officer is seen pushing the contractor aside to allow the visitors and journalists to make their way into the construction site. He also orders police officers accompanying them to handcuff the engineer.
The standoff ended after an intervention from Mvita Sub-County Deputy County Commissioner Charles Monari.
Here is the video of the incident; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lve5WmtaqDo