, CHANGAMWE, Mombasa, Jan 9 – President Uhuru Kenyatta on Saturday launched the Sh2.7 billion road project, a key link between the port and the airport.
The construction of Port Reitz/Moi International access road is a crucial link that will provide the necessary connection to the newly constructed second container terminal.
Another Sh2.5 billion has been set aside to compensate people who have been moved to create room for expansion of the road.
Speaking during the launch, President Kenyatta said when completed the road will increase investment and trade opportunities in the East and Central Africa region.
He also said apart from decongesting Mombasa city, it will also facilitate the growth of tourism.
“When the number of visitors to this city grows, more job opportunities will be created and the youth will benefit,” said the President.
The project is jointly funded by the British Government through TradeMark East Africa and the Government of Kenya.
The British Government will fund the construction at Sh2.7 billion, while Kenya will pay Sh2.5 billion for the compensation of land owners.
He thanked the British Government for working with the government on the project. The Head of State also the Japanese government for funding an ongoing expansion project at the Mombasa port.
The President pointed out that the port expansion would not be enough if roads within Mombasa city were not in good shape.
Other road projects within the coastal city, the President said, include dualling of the Mombasa-Mariakani Highway, Dongo Kundu Bypass and Mombasa Northern Bypass.
Once the project is completed, the transport and movement in Mombasa County will ease significantly, boosting industrial development and reducing the cost of transport.
President Kenyatta said Kenya would be a better country if leaders learn to honour and respect one another.
He said ‘’empty politics’’ does not benefit the country and called on leaders to unite wananchi for the sake of development.
Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho said the project is among key development projects aimed at making Mombasa a first class city.
“This road will open Mombasa for investment and tourism,” said the Governor.
British High Commissioner to Kenya Nic Hailey said his government will continue working closely with Kenya to achieve its development agenda.
Other speakers were Transport and Infrastructure Cabinet Secretary James Macharia and East Africa TradeMark CEO Frank Matsaert.