The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: France, Kenya to Fund Laikipia Roads Project

A 73-kilometre road project has been launched in Laikipia East constituency. MP Anthony Mutahi has said the Sh76m project funded by the French and Kenyan governments will begin early next year.

Speaking during the launch, Mutahi warned contractors against doing shoddy work on the road. Mutahi said a local engineer will be inspecting the progress of the work.

The roads to be built are Cheki-Kwa Mwaura-Akorino in Daiga division in Laikipia East subounty and Karai- Wang'ata- Nairutia in Munyaka division in Laikipia Central Subcounty.

Mutahi said the murraming and grading work will take about ten months to complete.

He was accompanied by Laikipia East Kenya Rural Roads Authority officer Engineer Francis Macharia and contractors who won the tenders.

Mutahi told the contractors to ensure manual jobs during the construction are given to local people. He said only technicians should be sourced from outside the constituency.

"Let the youths be given the casual work. I also urge them not to be selective as the project will see them earn money" Mutahi said.

He urged people who have encroached on public roads and utilities to surrender the land. Mutahi said construction of the roads will not stop because of the encroachment as the buildings and fences will be pulled down.

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