20 November 2012

Kenya: Govt Blamed for Jomvu Road Delay

THE government has been asked to explain the slow pace at which it is constructing the 200-metre stretch at Jomvu on the Nairobi-Mombasa highway.

Jomvu constituency aspirant and Changamwe ODM chairman, Badi Twalib on Friday wondered why the government has taken a long time over what they as termed as a "meagre project".

The expansion which has been ongoing since January this year has been a major hitch to transportation and traffic flow between Jomvu and Miritini in Changamwe.

Twalib, who spoke on phone, called on the Kenya National Highways Authority to terminate the construction contract and award the tender to another company.

"If the contractor has failed to complete the construction for a year now the contract should be stopped and given to someone else," Twalib said.

Kenha director general Meshach Kidenda said the authority has taken action against the contractor over the delayed construction.

"We are in the process of getting somebody else to complete the construction," Kidenda said on phone. The road which has no diversion route has become a major hold-up to residents, students, transit cargo trucks and public transport industry.

"It is a shame to see such snarl-ups in a road which is a link to several countries in the region, cargo from the port of Mombasa are getting delayed for a long," Twalib said.

"The industries in the area and other businesses are counting huge losses since road movement has hit a snag." Twalib demanded President Kibaki, Prime Minister Raila Odinga and the Minister of Roads to take a deal with the situation once and for all.

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