The County Government of Nyeri has put on notice all traders who have erected kiosks on road reserves as it embarks on a roads expansion and improvement programme.
The Transport, Infrastructure and Public Works CEC, Muthui Kariuki, said majority of the roads had been taken over by traders rendering them a nightmare to motorists, pedestrians as well disaster response services.
He said the government had already started the process of marking structures set for demolition and appealed to owners to voluntarily remove them before the government descends on them.
We kindly appeal to traders to remove all structures erected on road reserves because we intend to recover our roads and return our towns to their former glory, Kariuki said.
Speaking at the governor’s offices in Nyeri town on Thursday , Kariuki warned that those who will defy the order would have their structures forcefully removed and their recovery will come at a fee.
He said even those awarded temporary occupational license by the defunct local authorities will have to vacate and seek alternative spaces from the relevant departments.
The CEC at the same time, said they have set aside Sh. 585 million this financial year for roads improvement in all the sub-counties.
He said they intend to gravel two kilometers in each of the 30 wards before the onset of the long rains, adding that tenders for the works had been floated awaiting opening and awarding next week.
Kariuki added that plans are also underway to tarmac and re-carpet several roads in the major towns as well as lighting them accordingly.
Source: Kenya News Agency