The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Sh800 Million for Eldoret Roads Construction

THE government has set aside Sh800 million to complete the stalled Eldoret-Ziwa Road, director of Political Affairs in the office of the President Joshua Kuttuny has said.

He said completion of the road is among demands given to President Uhuru Kenyatta by North Rift leaders during his visit of Eldoret town three weeks ago.

Kuttuny said the Jubilee government has lined up several projects for the region.

He said the first bunch of the money has been disbursed to the contractor and work is expected to start on Wednesday.

Kuttuny was speaking to the Star on the phone yesterday.

"The Mosoriot Road in Nandi county is among the roads earmarked for rehabilitation under the project," he said.

Kuttuny said the Eldoret-Ziwa-Kachibora and Kachibora-Moi's Bridge road rehabilitation project commissioned by former President Mwai Kibaki costed Sh1.4 billion in 2011.

"However, the rehabilitation of the 74.5 kilometres, which is part of this section has failed to take off for three years now," he said.

Kuttuny said the delay has been caused by failure by Treasury to release the money in time in accordance with budget estimates.

"The Treasury only released Sh300 million which was peanut for the construction of the road," he said.

However, dwellers have attributed the delay to in the construction of the road to a " curse" after the former president Daniel Arap Moi was publicly humiliated by the locals during one of his stop over to the area.

They claim that the now construction will be successful until the residence of Ziwa Sirikwa(Soy) apologises to the man who had ruled Kenya un-interrupted for 24 years.

They want the Soy Leaders and community elders to apologise to Moi so as to break the curse and open way for the construction of Ziwa-Eldoret Road. The elders believe Soy is under a curse as a result of events on that day.

"The Leadership should hast efforts of reconciling the former President with Soy Community . In Kalenjin culture when an elder like President Moi is offended by his people and is unhappy, the community remains under a curse," said one of the elders.

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