NAIROBI, Kenya, March 17 – Cabinet Secretaries on Thursday highlighted various achievements made in their respective ministries three years after the Jubilee Administration took over power.
Transport CS James Macharia explained that the sector has a lot to celebrate, including the progress made on the Standard Gauge Railway, construction of the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and roads construction.
“In the next few months, you will see the President going across every county and constituency launching these roads because not a single county has been left behind. We are doing it across the country, in fact we have developed an aide memoire done alphabetically starting from Baringo to the last county to help us in this,” he said.
Macharia further stated that significant progress has been made in the construction of roads since the Jubilee Government took over power.
He pointed out that the government has constructed 32 trunk roads across the country.
He indicated that the construction works on a double decker highway on Mombasa road is set to commence early next year and it is expected that it will reduce the heavy traffic jam along the Highway.
“We are told that if we quickly do the designs and everything else, we can actually start the construction of the double decker road by February 1 next year and that what we want to do to fast track it because the misery of Kenyans cannot be taken any further. Any investment made in infrastructure is an investment in a productive aspect. It will give you dividends,” he said.
“We focused on low volume roads and we have another 32 national trunk roads that we are doing in addition to the 4,100 km project and the road from the oil fields in Turkana is one of them,” he stated.
Macharia further explained that efforts are being made to fast track the completion of the Standard Gauge Railway but says that construction works are ahead of schedule.
Energy CS Charles Keter on his part said that Jubilee has achieved a lot in the energy sector, having connected many Kenyans to electricity whose grid capacity has been increased.
“When we came into power in 2013, there were about 1670 megawatts connected to the grid and from all that time until now, we have connected an addition 650 megawatts and largely geothermal which is about 340 megawatts,” he stated.
Foreign Affairs Principal Secretary Monica Juma too said that Kenya’s rating has improved globally, due to the high profile dignitaries who have visited so far-including US President Barrack Obama.