May 22, 2024

Government needs Ksh.30B to repair road infrastructure damaged by floods – CS Murkomen

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Government needs Ksh.30B to repair road infrastructure damaged by floods - CS Murkomen

Government needs Ksh.30B to repair road infrastructure damaged by floods - CS Murkomen

Transport Cabinet Secretary Kipchumba Murkomen now says his ministry needs at least sh30 billion to repair road transport infrastructure that was destroyed by floods across the country.

Speaking on Wednesday in Lamu while assessing the Lamu-Wito-Garsen-Gamba Road, CS Murkomen said the raging floods destroyed a number of roads and bridges in the country, disrupting the movement of people and goods.

He also noted that the disruption has also affected the movement of cargo from the Port of Lamu to neighboring countries.

“As a nation and the Ministry of Transport, we have been severely affected by the floods. We have lost critical infrastructure, especially roads and bridges. So far, we have undertaken stabilization efforts.

According to CS Murkomen, the government is yet to establish the different State bodies for which the money would be required such as the Kenya Urban Roads Authority (KURA), Kenya Rural Roads Authority (KeRRA), and the Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA).

“However, upon validation of this stabilization, you will see that for the KeNHA, KeRRA, and KURA roads, the funds needed are significantly high to restore the infrastructure, estimates are ranging between sh25 billion and sh30 billion,’ said Murkomen.

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The Transport CS mentioned that his ministry would hold discussions with the National Assembly to allocate the funds to rehabilitate the infrastructure.

CS Murkomen also said the government is exploring alternative routes to address the Lamu-Witu-Garsen road problem even as the ministry prepares to begin the restoration of critical infrastructure across the country.

He mentioned that the situation has been worsened by the spillover from the Seven Folks Dam upstream.

“We appreciate the private sector for providing the boats and for adhering to safety standards even as we look for a solution,” Murkomen added.

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