13 March 2014

Kenya: 41 Graves Slow Down Road Works in Murang'a

The presence of graves along road reserves has been a stumbling block in the construction of a major road cutting across three constituencies in Murang'a county, Kenya Roads Boards officials have said.

Senior KRB officials said they faced challenges as 41 graves were found within the 35km stretch along the proposed Kangema-Gacharage road. The road will cut across Kiharu, Kigumo and Kandara constituencies.

The contractor, S.S Mehta and Sons, called on the government and affected families to ensure that the graves are relocated. KRB board and senior manager's team led by Eng Joel Wanyoike and newly appointed CEO Jacob Ruwua toured the road yesterday to assess the progress.

During the inspection of the section of the highway, the board found water pipes and electric poles lying along the section and called on the service providers to urgently relocate them.

Speaking to the press, Wanyoike said of relatives were awaiting compensations from the government to relocate the graves from the road reserve.

"Officials from Kenya National Highway Authority and commissioner of lands are working to compensate to facilitate relocation of the graves, structures and service lines," he said. Wanyoike said the road was designed in 1970 and is being upgraded to suit the projected increased traffic in the coming years.

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