Squabbles hinder repair of roads to be used by Pope

Two murram roads to be used by the Pope during his Kangemi visit are yet to be repaired because of squabbles between City Hall and the Kenya Urban Roads Authority (Kura) on who should foot the bill.

Hiaga Road and Thiong’o Road are an eyesore even to area residents. Pope Francis is scheduled to hold a mass at the Kangemi Catholic Parish Church which is expected to draw thousands of Catholics as part of his visit to the country starting November 26.

The Church has indicated that it will require over Sh100 million for the Pope’s visit. The money will be spent on preparations for the visit and special papal projects.

Kangemi Member of County Assembly Peter Isuha has complained that he has been tossed from one office to another in his effort to get the two roads repaired.

“I have been to the governor’s office, he told me that I should go to Kura because the road is under them and they cannot duplicate roles,” said Mr Isuha.

He said that part of Thiong’o Road, which leads to the parish, is under City Hall but a contractor who was given the tender is yet to commence the repair work.

Pascal Mwijage, the priest in charge of Kangemi Parish, confirmed that no repair work had been done on the road despite the few days remaining to the Pope’s visit.