KIAMBU, Kenya, Jan 8 – The Kiambu County Government has offered to work with the Kenya Urban Roads Authority (KURA) to repair and maintain Thika Town roads that have been in a dire state for some time.
This follows a series of appeals and talks by the county with the authority that has delayed service delivery due to underfunding, bureaucracy and lengthy procurement processes.
The county, according to Governor William Kabogo, will patch up the roads as they await for KURA to commence major repairs.
“Thika Town residents have had to endure bad roads for some time now. The County Government will patch up the roads to deliver the town from such failures. We will work with the little budget that we have to do small repairs,” said Kabogo.
The Governor said that bad roads were scaring off investors and the major industries in Thika Town continued to suffer losses due to a poor road network.
Kariuki Maina, the Chairman of Matatu Owners Association Thika chapter, has commended the County Government for taking up the responsibility to avert more losses saying that the transport industry loses billions due to bad roads.
Kariuki noted that the KURA and KERRA delays had resulted to underdevelopment and called on the authorities to fast track delivery of services within Kiambu.
In a meeting with KURA representatives to deliberate on the matter Governor Kabogo took issue with KURA saying that the authority’s presence in the county was not felt.
“KURA needs to do tangible public works in the county. We have so many dilapidated roads. Please fix them,” he pleaded.
While lobbying for more funding for the authority, Kabogo noted that it was prudent to devolve KURA to make it easier for county governments to work with them.
“I desolately note that KURA has allocated only Sh21 million for the whole of Thika Town. This is such a little amount for a town with over 50 Kilometres of road,” he said.
He said that most of the urban roads in Kiambu are run-down almost turning them to earth roads. He said that some of the roads that will go through the patch ups in Thika included the 450m Kwame Nkrumah road and the five kilometre Kenyatta Highway.