Road budget is unfairly distributed, shows report
Top 10 counties with the best access to paved roads were allocated 60 per cent of the road budget, while those in the bottom 10 had only 13 per cent, a report by the International Budget Partnership has shown.
This, the NGO said, showed the unfair distribution of paved roads. The study uses paved roads per square kilometre of land area to measure access of roads.
“People in Nairobi have the best access to paved roads with 3,309 people per kilometre while the bottom 10 counties have an average of 164,862 people per kilometre of paved roads,” said
60 Percentage of fund allocation that goes to Coast, Nairobi and Central despite regions having many paved roads
The top 10 counties have a kilometre of paved roads for every 8.3 square kilometres of land. The bottom counties, on the other hand, have a kilometre of road for every 6,813.8 square kilometres of land against a national average of 146.5 square kilometres.
“Counties and regions with better road access (measured by paved roads) received a higher budgetary allocation than those with poor access, which does not appear equitable,” said Mr Abraham Rugo, the organisation’s country manager.
Lower Eastern and North Rift regions have the highest share of unpaved roads at 15 and 12 per cent respectively but they only received seven per cent of the road development funds.
Coast and Central Rift regions have 10 per cent unpaved roads each, but the allocation to the Coast was eight times greater than Central Rift.
Coast, Nairobi and Central took up 60 per cent of all budget allocations. “While these three regions took up 60 per cent of the total allocation, they only accounted for 23 per cent of unpaved roads,” the