61 Km road construction in Kwanza on course; set to improve accessibility, trade

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Kwanza MP Ferdinand Wanyonyi, speaking to the press, with area MCA Ben Wanjala Mlipuko
Kwanza MP Ferdinand Wanyonyi, speaking to the press, with area MCA Ben Wanjala Mlipuko

The construction of a 61-Kilometer road in Kwanza Sub County in
Trans Nzoia County by a Chinese construction company has accelerated. The road starts from Lessos to Maili Kumi na Moja with one link from Maili Saba through Kolongolo to Chepchoina. The other link is from Kolongolo to Tartar in West Pokot County.

Area MP Ferdinand Wanyonyi said the road network will be very
instrumental in opening up the region for communication bearing in
mind that the region had no tarmarked roads initially.

He added that upon completion, the road will also help to open up business opportunities within the County with the neighboring West Pokot County. “We are hoping that the said roads are finished in time to ease interaction for locals and traders which will in turn spur economic growth in this region,” said Wanyonyi.

The MP, however, appealed to the contractors to use local residents in the road construction project stating that he will not allow outsiders in the area to be doing the construction.

Trans Nzoia County Commissioner Samson Ojwang said that the initiative signals the commitment by the national government to complete all projects
to spur economic development. “We need unity among the leaders of this County to ensure that all pending projects are concluded to serve the interests of the residents of this region,” said Commissioner Ojwang.

He appealed to leaders to desist from politicking in funerals and
instead work towards alleaviating poverty status of its locals

Last year, KeRRA Director General Eng. Luka Kimeli said the Sh 2.4
billion bitumen standard road which also links the region to West
Pokot County is set to be completed after 36 months from the time
construction works were launched. “Construction of this road begun on July 2018 and is set to be complete by July 2021. There is no cause for alarm since the Chinese contractor has to accomplish this project within the stipulated time,” said Eng. Kimeli in Kitale.

The Director General said once complete, the road will have mobile
weigh bridges to rein in on heavy sand trucks which ply the route to
ensure it is maintained to required standards.