KeNHA counts losses as floods bite

A section of Thika road flooded at Ngara |PHOTO: Courtesy

Newly appointed KeNHA board chair Engineer Wangai Ndirangu has received a baptism of floods as he settles at his new office at Bara Bara plaza.

Uzalendo has established that CS James Macharia has ordered investigations into the gravity of destruction following the torrential rains.

This follows revelations that Kenyas, road network has massively been hit by floods.

The newly appointed board chair Eng. Wangai Ndirangu PHOTO: Courtesy

Estimates show that the massive percolation currently sweeping the country will destroy close to 30 per cent of the road network.

Speaking during the recent Institute of Kenya Engineers dinner, a veteran engineers said flooding was the leading trigger of potholes and road damage.

The Engineer, a former Chief Engineer at the Ministry of roads compared the current rains to the Elnino Rains that ravaged Kenyas infrastructure between 1997 and 1999. Then, all major roads had to be reconstructed.

The Government then partnered with the World Bank under the Elnino Emergency Road Programme that was headquartered at the Office of the President. The emergency works and repair were supervised by the World Bank and the OP to the exclusion of the Ministry of Roads. The project director was Engineer Elijah Ngungu Mwengi.

The Elnino roads repaired all roads in Nairobi. The challenge then was smaller compared to the current number of motor vehicles which are now more than 100 times.

Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) and the Ministry is yet to give an estimate to the damage, but conservative estimates show that the road maintenance budget must go up by more than 50 per cent.