The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Mandago, Oparanya in New Road Project

A new road to link Eldoret and Kakamega towns will be constructed following an agreement between governors Jackson Mandago (Uasin Gishu) and Wycliffe Oparanya (Kakamega).

The new road will link up from the Mosoriot-Kabiyet Road which is currently being tarmacked by the government. "Once we complete the road, it will only take 40 minutes to travel from Eldoret to Kakamega," said Oparanya in Eldoret town yesterday.

He said they have agreed with Mandago to implement the road project to improve trade between the two counties. "As neighbouring counties we can improve trade between us to benefit farmers," said Oparanya.

Oparanya said the counties will develop linkages that will benefit residents in the regions. The National Youth Service (NYS) has begun repairing roads in Uasin Gishu county.

Roads executive Gideon Birir said the work will cost Sh890 million. The NYS has deployed machinery to start the repairs in parts of the county.

Birir said the initial phase of the construction work will cost more than Sh350 million. "We went for the NYS because it will be cheaper and more effective because its a government department," Birir said.

He was speaking to the Star at his office in Eldoret town yesterday. Mandago said the county has set aside more than Sh1 billion for roads.

"The NYS will do all our roads and they are already assembling their machinery. Very soon you will see them repairing the roads," he said.

Major roads in Eldoret town are also being done by the national government. The Kapsoya road which has been the worst in the town is in the process of being tarmacked. The contractor has already done much of the work on the road.

Birir says the county has set aside more than Sh 90 million to install lights along streets in Eldoret town. About half of the money will be used to install Solat powered lights on the streets in a bid to reduce costs of electricity.

"We will install the lights in most parts of the town to help motorists and other road users. The lights will also help to improve security in the town,"said Birir.

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