New road to connect Mombasa to Moyale

March 18, 2009 12:00 am

, MWINGI, Kenya, Mar 18 – The Government on Wednesday launched a multi-billion shilling Kibwezi- Mwingi- Maua road that will connect the city of Mombassa to the town of Moyale.

Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka and Mwingi South MP David Musila witnessed the by Roads Minister Franklin Bett before a tour of roads network in the region.

The multi-billion shillings project will also involve tarmacking of Kibwezi-Mwingi-Tseikuru road that will connect the Kenyan Coast with the North to Ethiopia.

Mr Bett said the project will stimulate and accelerate development in the regions that will be linked by the road.

“I am sure once this project is complete, it will help stimulate and accelerate development in these regions that will be connected by the road,” said Mr Bett.

He said the Government attaches great importance to good road network hence the justification of the huge amounts of money it was using in roads.

He said engineering design of the two roads C94 and C93 were ready but required a bit of redesigning.

Mr Bett however asked engineers involved in the project to stick to the original designs, saying redesigning of roads will cost the government a lot of money since it will have to compensate those affected by such new designs.

At Kamuongo bridge, the Minister instructed his officers to speed up the rehabilitation work which he said will cost Sh600 million.

He said once the project was complete, it will ease the transportation problems experienced by residents in the area.

He said the Government will expect quality works on road construction and asked his officers to be strict in supervising contractors which have been awarded tenders to work on such roads.   

The Vice President on his part thanked the Government for the project which he said had been long overdue.

Mr Musyoka who is also the Mwingi North MP said he was optimistic that the project will open up the Arid and Semi Arid region and stimulate business among other income generating activities aimed at uplifting the people’s living standards.

“It is through these kinds of projects that transportation problems facing traders and residents can be solved once and for all,” said Mr Musyoka.

Mr Musila said it was only through the improvements of roads in the area that transportation problems facing the residents could be solved.

During the tour, the entourage inspected roads and bridges in Migwaini through Mwingi to Husueni.


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