The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Nandi County to Upgrade Roads in Kapsabet Town

The Nandi government has ordered those who enchroached on road reserves in Kapsabet town to vacate. Speaking to the Star on the phone on Tuesday, Governor Cleophas Lagat said he wants the town's roads repaired.

He said he has directed that all roads within the town should be tarmacked as budgetted for in the county's plans.

Speaking in his office, county director of communications Gideon Birgen said: "Tenders for the roads have already been done and will be awarded next month. All the roads to be tarmacked are known and those on road reserves have been asked to vacate."

He said the governor is concerned with congestion in the town and a plan to open the roads has been approved by the executive committee and county assembly.

The county has begun graded roads as part of the plan by the governor to improve the infrastructure in the region. The repair of roads will cost more than Sh100 million.

"The roads will enable farmers and other traders to easily access markets and move farm inputs to rural areas," Birgen said. At the same time, the county is preparing a bill aimed at ensuring all children access education from primary to college levels.

Lagat has expressed concern over a high school dropout rate of girls in the region due to poverty and other challenges they face.

"We have to adress the problem undermining girls' education in this region. We want new laws, which will address some of the challenges," he said.

Lagat said the county will work with other stakeholders to support girls' education and ensure all children access education.

The governor has met with top officials at Equity Bank and other institutions to lobby for sponsorships for needy and bright children in the county.

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