AN INVESTIGATION ON THE CAUSES OF STALLED PROJECTS IN COUNTY GOVERNMENTS IN KENYA. (A CASE OF KITUI COUNTY)

ABSTRACT This study was carried out to investigate the cause of stalling of construction projects in County Governments; a case of Kitui County. Data was collected using a questionnaire that was administered through ‘drop and pick’ method. Percentages and frequencies were used to analyze the data collected. Some of the findings are that, the researcher established that most of the respondents mentioned that civil engineering projects had the highest stalling rate. It was also established that delayed payments was the major cause of stalling of projects. It was also plain that Inadequate project management professionals, poor planning, contractor incapability, incompetent project manager and team, political interference, poor communication, poor monitoring and risk management were other major causes of stalling of the projects in the county that the government should treat with a lot of focused attention. It was observed that most of the respondents mentioned that delayed payments was the major cause of stalling of projects as it formed an obstacles in the general cash flow. Strategies to curb stalling of projects as per the research findings include effective monitoring and risk management, presence of proper planning, effective strategic communication strategy and prompt payment. The research concluded that the major cause of stalling of project was delayed payments and that finance related actors and factors are substantially some of the most significant factors that can prompt project failure. Another conclusion was that most projects in county construction sector face completion hiccups and finally get stalled due to the other factors such as inadequate project management professionals, poor planning, contractor incapability, incompetent project manager and team, delayed payments, political interference, poor communication, poor monitoring and risk management contribute to or cause stalling of projects. Some of the recommendations of this study were that the government have an involving discussion with the financial institutions reduce interest rates they charge on loans to an affordable level; the County Government to establish an infrastructure for effective monitoring and risk management that would ensure that unseen perils are prepared for in time through forecasting and also that the County Government should put in place a project risk management frameworks to guide them and other stakeholders. It also recommended that both the County Government and the contractors should consider strategic communication management to achieve project success and that there should be a