State pumps Ksh 2.1 Billion for Kisumu roads ahead of a global summit

Mamboleo Road
Road works on the Kisumu Boys Mamboleo Road | PHOTO COURTESY

The Government has allocated a total of Kshs 2.1 billion to facilitate the completion of Kisumu Boys and Mamboleo Junction Road. – By Gerald Gekara.

In a communique to the media, Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) Nyanza regional Director Eng. Cleophas Makau, said a new contract has been awarded to China Railways No. 10 Engineering Group of Companies to complete the 4.5km Mamboleo road.

The project is expected to be complete in 12 months, just in time for Kisumu City to host the 2021 Africities Summit under the United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLGA).

The November 16-20 which is expected to be attended by close to 10,000 foreign delegates.

The completion of the roads will come as a big reprieve to motorists, residents, and business communities who have been up in arms over the poor state of the stalled sections of the road.

Terminated Contracts

SBI Holdings, that was awarded the contract for the dualling of Kisumu Boys and Mamboleo junction, terminated the contract on September 27th, 2019 due to delayed payments.

Zhongmei Engineering Company also terminated its contract for construction of the Ahero Interchange due to delayed payment by the authority.

However, County commissioner Josephine Ouko said the state was keen will ensure the three key roads are completed within the schedule to ease transport in the Lakeside town.