France Gives Sh76m for Laikipia Road Construction

The French government has given Sh76 million for improvement of roads in Laikipia East constituency. On Tuesday the area MP Anthony Mutahi commissioned the construction of 18 kilometres on two roads.

A woman walks past an ongoing road construction project

The roads that will benefit from the funding include Cheki-Kwa Mawaura-Akorino road in Umande, which has been given to two contractors at a cost of Sh42 million and the Karai-Wang’ata-Nairutia road in Ngobit location, which will get Sh33.3 million. The roads will take around ten months to complete.

Mr Mutahi said the gesture by France was an indication of the co-operation between the country and Kenya, confidence in the Jubilee government and the country’s stability.

Creating employment

The road contracts will be labour-based and will, therefore, create employment to hundreds of youths in the constituency in the next ten months, the legislator said.

Speaking at Ngobit, Mr Mutahi said improvement of the roads would facilitate faster delivery of farm produce to the market and increase the value of land in rural areas.

He praised the road development agencies and the constituency development fund, saying they were the best form of devolution of resources.

“The constituency development fund is a system that is being copied in many African countries. We have been receiving delegations from Tanzania, Burundi and Uganda to study it,” the legislator said.

He said unlike the county governments, which were spending up to 75 per cent of their budgets on salaries and operations, the fund was using a paltry six per cent for recurrent expenditure and dedicating the rest to development.

– Business Daily