The government is set to tarmac a major road in Bumula constituency, MP Boniface Otsiula has said. The MP surveying is already underway on the Musikoma-Boyufu-Mungachi road which connects Busia and Bungoma towns.
Speaking in an interview with the Star in Bungoma, Otsiula the tenders for the project will be floated after completion of the survey in October. Construction is expected to begin in January.
The road will coast an estimated Sh1.8 billion, money Otsiula said his CDF kitty does not have. He defended the decision by the Amani Coalition MPs in the region to work with Jubilee. He said this project is a result of his association with the Jubilee government.
"If I was not working closely with the Jubilee government could my people have got such a project," Otsiula said.
The 30km road traverses Bumula, Kanduyi and Nambala constituencies and has been used as political bait for many years. The first pledge to tarmac it was made in 1992.
Otsiula said the time for politicking is over and it was prudent to cooperate with the government to improve the lives of his constituents.
"Those condemning us for working with the Jubilee government are wasting their time. We have chosen to work with jubilee government for the sake of our people," he said.
The Amani coalition comprises New Ford-Kenya and UDF parties. It won most seats in Western Kenya region during the March 4 general election. The coalition has entered into a post-election pact with Jubilee.
This has elicited sharp criticism from the Cord leaders. Otsiula urged told Cord to give the Jubilee government time to serve Kenyans. He also criticised Cord's recent call for a referendum to change the system of government.