The Star (Nairobi)

17 March 2014

Kenya: Kisii County Gets Machines to Build Its Roads

THE Kisii government has acquired heavy road construction equipment to facilitate the building and expansion of roads. The county received the first batch of the equipment yesterday, comprising two graders, two rollers and a pickup truck worth over Sh75 million. Governor James Ongwae and Deputy Governor Joash Maangi yesterday received the equipment at the county headquarters.

Delivery of the second batch of the equipment which includes two excavators, three tippers and a wheel loader is due in a week. Flagging off the equipment, Ongwae said subcounties will receive a grader in the next financial year.

"Due to the prohibitive cost of construction equipment, contractors in the region cannot acquire them, which makes it difficult to deliver to the expected standards. This equipment will be available on hire to local contractors assigned to do road projects in the county," he said.

The governor said the county is building roads in its 50 wards, all totalling 255km long in the current financial year. He said his government will not allow shoddy work by contractors.

"A good road network is critical to the growth of Kisii county economy, which heavily relies on agriculture. I call upon contractors and residents to protect and effectively utilise the hard earned tax on investment," Ongwae said.

The equipment will be used to open another 250km road network in various parts of the county as the government seeks to access interior parts for posterity.

"We plan to build 50 more roads once the heavy rains subside. Our target is to grade 400km of roads in the next three months and make our roads passable to ease access to markets. I urge our people to be patient as we implement our development plans," Ongwae said.

Maangi said the acquisition of the equipment will boost the county's transport system.

"We are working closely with members of the county assembly to ensure we actualise our development pledges for the good of our people," he said.

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