Following a court order mandating their provision, Kenya’s Ministry of Roads and Transport will take steps to address the pressing need for toilets along highways.
In a notice dated September 5, the ministry initiated a critical process to engage the public on the draft Kenya Roads (Roadside Stations) Regulations, specifically focusing on the construction of these critical facilities.
In an affidavit submitted to the High Court, Transport CS Kipchumba Murkomen stated that this initiative is in line with a court order issued in 2020.
This specific court order required the government to develop a comprehensive policy for providing these facilities along the country’s road networks.
Adrian Kamotho filed the case in 2017 in order to ensure that travellers have access to toilets along highways.
The court order, issued by Justice Kossy Bor, mandated that the government develop a policy for the provision of these facilities.
To facilitate this policy, the government is actively seeking partnerships with private sector players to build toilets and other sanitation facilities along major highways.
This initiative aims to improve road users’ travel experiences and to address a long-standing issue that has irritated travellers.
In accordance with the court’s directive, the Ministry of Roads has taken concrete steps, including the creation of draught regulations titled “The Kenya Roads Regulations 2023.”
They have also launched a series of public participation forums from September 19 to September 27 to solicit public feedback on the design and placement of these critical facilities.
Furthermore, the ministry has invited Adrian Kamotho, the case’s petitioner, to provide comments and perspectives on the proposed regulations.
Finally, this emphasis on highway toilet construction represents a significant step forward in improving road infrastructure, ensuring traveller comfort, and promoting road safety and wellness for all who use Kenya’s highways.