, NYAHURURU, Kenya, Sep 8 – The Government intends to spend over Sh8 billion to tarmac the Nyahururu-Maralal-Baragoi-Longilani road which has in the past been rendered impassable by heavy rains.
Roads Minister Franklin Bett said the government was still sourcing for the financiers of the project and was still negotiating with the Iranian government to source the funds.
However, as a temporary measure the government will spend over Sh33 million to put murram on the road linking Rumuruti and Maralal before the tarmacking work begins.
Speaking while on an inspection tour of the road, Mr Bett said the improvement of the crucial project would help in accelerating developments and open up the areas served by the road.
This is a very important road that serves people from Nyahururu, Laikipia, Samburu and other parts of Northern Kenya and so by improving on its condition we are sure would help on the economy of the local people, he said.
The minister observed that the government was committed to improving infrastructure in the country and called on Kenyans to pay their taxes promptly to facilitate these developments. He said a lot of funds were needed to help upgrade various road networks and hence the need for concerted efforts by all stakeholders to support the government on this noble course.
He noted that with the new Constitution in place, devolved governments would accelerate development at the grassroots while setting up modalities of establishing investments that will boost the national economy.
"If Kenyans are ready to pay taxes, roads will be improved, cottage industries will be set up as well as create more employment opportunities especially by the young people," he said adding that this will help us to attain and sustain world class roads infrastructure to enhance socio-economic development.
During the tour, Mr Bett was accompanied by Assistant ministers Semion Lesirma (Internal Security), Nderitu Mureithi (Indsutrialisation) Nominated MP Maisoni Leshomo and Roads Permanent Secretary Eng. Michael Kamau among others.
The leaders regretted that the Rumuruti-Maralal Road has in the past been rendered impassable as a result of heavy rains.
The leaders observed that the road network was of great significant to people served by it and hence its improvement will help ease transport communication between Nyahururu to the other Northern parts of the country.
Mr Lesirma regretted that hundreds of passengers have in the past been forced to sleep in the cold along the forested and wildlife infested rout as a result of bad road occasioned by heavy down pour.
On his part, Mr Nderitu noted that the tarmacking of the road will open up areas around the region and that this will also help in creating more investment opportunities to be both local and foreigners