The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Demand Good Roads, Coast Investors Told

Banks and the private sector have to be more aggressive when dealing with the government if meaningful development is to be achieved, a hotelier has said.

Mombasa and Coast Tourist Association chairman Mohammed Hersi said players in the two sectors have to demand improvement of infrastructure, especially in Mombasa.

Hersi said Mombasa, being a key attraction centre for tourists, deserves world-class roads like the Thika Superhighway. "We are not asking for a superhighway, we are asking for a very simple dual carriageway," said Hersi.

He said though there are huge opportunities according to the government plans for infrastructural development, the government has a knack for misplacing its priorities.

"In Kenya, you get into real estate and then you start begging for roads, you start begging for electricity, you start begging for sewage," said Hersi adding that the government has the money for the projects.

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