State To Appoint Special Manager To hasten construction of road

State To Appoint Special Manager To hasten construction of road

The government will appoint a special manager to oversee and hasten the completion of Kitale-Suam road.

At the same time, a Special Deputy County Commissioner will be posted to Trans Nzoia to fast-track land adjudication matters.

Speaking when he paid a courtesy call to Trans Nzoia Governor Patrick Khaemba, Interior and Coordination of National Government Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i said the special manager will report to the CS Transport to ensure that the Sh4.4 billion road that is behind schedule is completed without further delay.

The CS was responding to fears that China State Corporation Contractors Limited may not finish the project within the 18 months extended period.

The 45-kilometre road was initially to be completed by August 2020 but the revised completion period is February 25, 2022.

Reports from the supervising agency KeNHA indicate slow progress by the contractor and a need for an infusion of cash flow into the project by the contractor to facilitate the increase of equipment and material to boost progress.

The completion status of the road is at 58.7 per cent against the expected 78 per cent of elapsed time.

The CS said the government will not condone the delay of State projects

At the same time, Matiang’i said the Special Deputy County Commissioner will co-ordinate adjudication matters that will help the government realise the processing of over 10,000 title deeds by June.

Governor Khaemba had asked the government to continue with the titling exercise that saw at least 20,000 title deeds issued.

He said 80,000 title deeds had been processed by a special team appointed by President Uhuru Kenyatta. The process, according to Khaemba, has since been halted.

Matiang’i said land problems in the region posed a security threat to the people and thus the need to move with speed and process the titles to end the squatter problem in the region.

He urged residents to embrace alternative dispute resolution methods to end squabbles that have halted the titling process in some farms in the region.

The CS later flagged off seven buses bought by Cherangany CDF to various schools. He said the buses are part of the national government infrastructure to improve school development.