S billion Set to Rehabilitate Roads in South Rift Region

Kenya Roads Board (KRB) has set aside S billion in the current financial 2017/2018 year to rehabilitate roads in the four counties of the South Rift region.

KRB Managing Director Eng. Jacob Rua said Narok will get Sh225 million, Bomet Sh200 million while Kericho and Nakuru Counties are set to get S91 million and Sh345 million respectively.

He was speaking at Narok stadium during a boda boda road safety training sponsored by the organization where he said the rehabilitation of the roads will commence immediately.

Eng. Rua said the funds were raised from fuel levies the board collected from the road users solely for maintaining roads.

In the next financial year we shall be allocating Sh961million to the four counties for maintaining county roads. These are rural roads that are not under national government, said Eng. Rua.

He also revealed that the board will disburse Sh31 million to each of the 290 constituencies across the country for construction of feeder roads.

The board is responsible for allocating funds to various organisations such as Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA), Kenya Rural Roads Authority (KeRRA) and Kenya Urban Roads Authority (KURA), he said.

The KRB official who was on a road-inspection tour in the 47 counties also said they were inspecting the roads projects being undertaken by the national government in the region such as the Sh2 billion Narok-Sekenani Gate road in Narok, Rironi-Maai Mahiu-Kisii-Isebania and Kaplong-Kisii roads.

Narok security team led by Narok North Deputy County Commissioner Ronald Mwiwawi and County Traffic Base Commander Jane Nyaga hailed the KRB for the training of boda boda operators saying such gestures had gone a long way in reducing deaths caused by the motorcyclists.

As compared to last year when we had over 100 deaths caused by boda boda operators, we have seen a decline this year where so far only 20 deaths involving motorcyclists have been reported with just a month to the end of the year due to intense sensitisation, said Mwiwawi.

The DCC also hailed the boda boda operators for playing a key role in security through the over 30 groups created according to the number of stages.

We have fully involved these boda boda operators in our Nyumba Kumi initiative where we have 33 stages which are Nyumba Kumi units of their own. These groups have officials who register any new member for security reasons, said Mwiwawi.

Source: Kenya News Agency