7 March 2014

Kenya: Kwale-Dongokundu Bypass Fast-Tracked

THE tendering for the construction of the Dongokundu by-pass in Kwale will start this month, Kenya Ports Authority managing director Gichiri Ndua has said.

He said there is a need for the county government to assist the authority in resolving out any land issues.

Speaking during a courtesy call to Governor Salim Mvurya, Ndua said the assistance from the county government will ensure the by-pass project starts without further delay.

"The project has taken too long to kick off. So we want the Kwale government to assist us in looking for areas to settle people from the land that is supposed to be used for the project," he said.

The Dongokundu by-pass will connect Nairobi-Mombasa highway and Mombasa-Ukunda-Lungalunga highway. It is meant to ease transport in the region.

Ndua said they need 3,080 hectares of land for the development of the free port, an industrial park and other facilities that will be developed alongside the by-pass.

He said the second container terminal will be ready by March 2016. Land reclamation, which was the first phase of the project, was done by harvesting sand from beyond Shelly Beach and Kwale.

"We expect to roll out phase two, which requires us to harvest 8.3 million cubic metres of sand from Kwale county," Ndua said. He said 1,100 workers will be required for the work.

"Kwale county might not be able to provide the workforce needed for the Dongokundu by-pass project alone. So let us support each other because this is to benefit everybody," Ndua said.

He said apart from Shimoni Port, KPA is interested in the development of Vanga and Funzi ports and supporting tourism and fisheries projects.

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