County To Benefit From Sh. 15B. Of Road Earmarked For Tarmacking This Year.


Transport and Infrastructure CS Dr. James Macharia flags off a grader while commissioning the 48-Kilometer Mugeka-Gacharage Road. Looking on is Mathioya MP Clement Wambugu.
The government through the Kenya Rural Roads Authority (KeRRA) will tarmac a total of 262.5Km of road in Murang’a County.

Transport and Infrastructure Cabinet Secretary (CS) Dr. James Macharia revealed this during the commissioning of the 48-Kilometer Mugeka-Gacharage Road at a cost Sh. 1.43 billion.

Macharia who a fortnight ago launched upgrading of Kiria-Murarandia Road said that the government was investing heavily on road improvement projects so as to enhance transport in the rural areas and boost economic activities in the areas. He added that that government had already set aside Sh. 15 billion to upgrade eight roads by the end of this year.

“Road construction has been given a lot of consideration by President Uhuru Kenyatta’s administration. The tarmacking of the road will support growth of primary economic sectors of the county including tea and coffee farming, dairy farming and also facilitate accessibility to markets,” added the CS.

He however reiterated his earlier sentiments that local contractors had failed by consistently doing shoddy work and failing to meet their deadlines, thus forcing the government to engage foreign companies.

“Kenyans are in need to be served with good road networks but we have realised that some local contractors are taking a lot of time to finish given work but we have started to replace the lazy contractors with foreign companies,” asserted Macharia.

Mathioya MP Clement Wambugu who was present lauded the government but at the same time requested the contractors to offer local youth job opportunities arising from the projects especially when it came to menial work.

Meanwhile, CS Macharia reminded Murang’a residents of the importance of registering as voters observing that the county had failed to hit the IEBC target. He challenged local leaders to move out and ensure eligible people are registered as voters before the closure of the exercise.

“If the government loses in next general elections, some of these roads may not be completed and that’s why am appealing to you residents of Murang’a to prepare yourself so that in August you re-elect the President.” Posed Macharia.

Murang’a County Commissioner Mr. John Elung’ata on his part observed that the numbers of those registered were rising towards the close of the exercise. He however called on those who might be left out to ensure that they came out this last day of registration (today).
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