Trans Nzoia county residents are opposed to the government's plan to transfer the Kenya Rural Roads Authority area manager Joseph Wanyama. Led by Cherangany MP Joshua Kutuny, the residents said the government's plan to transfer him to Bungoma will hamper the ongoing road and bridge construction in the county.
Engineer Wanyama is said to have been transferred to Bungoma county in his capacity as KeRRA manager. "We want the government to wait until Engineer Wanyama completes the projects he has started to work on before transferring him," said Kutuny. He was speaking to the Star in Kitale over the weekend.
The rural roads authority has scheduled to start the construction of Chepkatait Bridge in Cherangany constituency in two weeks under the management of Wanyama. The government has allocated Sh17 million to construct the bridge which was destroyed by El nino rains in 1997. The manager also oversees the repair of roads in Saboti, Kwanza and Cherangany constituencies where the government has allocated Sh 21 million for the project.
Wanyama is also expected to supervise Mitume-Tuwan Bridge, whose tender was advertised last week and is expected to cost millions of shillings. Kutuny said Wanyama is a hard working and experienced engineer who should be left to take charge of all scheduled roads before being transferred.
The Cherangany legislature threatened to lead a demonstration if the government fails to reverse wanyama's transfer. Most roads in Trans Nzoia are dilapidated and improvement has only been seen after engineer Wanyama was posted to the county. Matatu operators also said they had hope in Wanyama after repairing the previous dilapidated roads which are now passable.