The government is set to open the Kenya Ports Authority inland container depot in Eldoret. The KPA depot was put up more than ten years ago at more than Sh500 million but has never been opened for operations.
It was rented out to Moi University which has been using the facility but will now vacate to enable the government start operations to ease cargo handling from the Port of Mombasa.
"The Eldoret KPA depot is one of the projects which the government has earmarked for operation as soon as possible," director of political affairs Joshua Kutunyi said.
He said President Uhuru Kenyatta has already directed that necessary steps be taken to ensure the depot starts running in the next few months. The government said the depot will reduce transport costs for businesspeople travelling from Uganda and neighbouring countries.
"Much of it will now be done in Eldoret. This will reduce the costs for traders and companies in Western Kenya, " Kutunyi told the Star on the phone.
He said there has been delays in the movement of cargo in East African countries and Uganda has complained over the increased costs attributed to the inconveniences at the Mombasa port.
Kutunyi said the president wants free and quick trade transactions between members of the East African community. To achieve this, the President has directed that the Roads ministry speed up completion of the road between Eldoret and Malaba.
Transport Cabinet Secretary Michael Kamau is pushing the contractors to complete the project. The road will cost more than Sh7.6 billion and is being financed by the European Union. More than 100 kilometres is complete.