Road bud­get is un­fairly dis­trib­uted, shows re­port

Daily Nation (Kenya) - - NATIONAL NEWS - BY PA­TRICK LANG’AT

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 re­port.

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

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