31 January 2016

Kenya: Let Quality Drive Road Talk


The long-running dispute between the national and county governments over the management of some roads has once again come to the fore.

On the one hand, the national government has indicated it will reclassify roads, allowing it to take control of key routes. On the other, counties have pointed to the Constitution and accused the national government of taking up roles meant for the devolved units.

Indeed, governors have argued they are best placed to manage more kilometres of roads because they can assess the needs of the citizenry better.

But the major battle appears to be over the control of the billions that go to building roads.

The national government, as reported elsewhere in this newspaper, says that some counties are employing dubious contractors and applying low standards which, of course, compromise quality and longevity of the projects.

What must happen is that both levels of government should work to quickly resolve the disputes and remove delays in the construction and proper maintenance of roads.

And, while leaders may want to jostle for control of billions of shillings meant for roads and fight over who gets the credit, wananchi deserve and must get nothing but the best.

And this cannot be achieved by the unending jostling for control.


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