Kakamega to build 200km roads by next Au­gust – Oparanya

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Western -

The Kakamega govern­ment will build 200km of tar­mac roads by next Au­gust, Gov­er­nor Wy­cliffe Oparanya (pic­tured) has said.

He said on Wed­nes­day his govern­ment has al­ready con­structed 20km of bi­tu­men roads in Kakamega and Mu­mias towns in the first phase. Oparanya said they have built 1,200km of all-weather roads in last three years and have em­barked on con­struc­tion of an­other 600km. “We’re fo­cus­ing on open­ing up roads be­cause they are crit­i­cal for the move­ment of goods and peo­ple and to pro­mote trade,” he said. The county has a 7,000km road net­work.

Oparanya spoke in Bukura when he launched con­struc­tion of a mar­ket. He in­spected devel­op­ment projects in Lu­rambi con­stituency. Oparanya said his govern­ment is leas­ing road con­struc­tion equip­ment from the na­tional govern­ment. He said the work has been slowed by lack of equip­ment. Oparanya said, how­ever, the county has run out of mar­rum de­posits to main­tain and con­struct roads.

He said in­ad­e­quate fund­ing of de­volved gov­ern­ments by the cen­tral govern­ment has hin­dered devel­op­ment. Oparanya said the Ju­bilee ad­min­is­tra­tion has been un­able to con­trol ram­pant cor­rup­tion. “Ev­ery day, Kenyans wake to a new cor­rup­tion scan­dal and the Pres­i­dent has openly con­fessed he is un­able to tackle the vice. This leaves us with no op­tion but re­move the regime from power, be­cause we can­not con­tinue keep­ing a thiev­ing govern­ment,” he said.

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