Baringo County rolls out USD802,505 plan to rehabilitate over 600km of roads in 100 days as it moves to open up county
Improved road network is expected to spur economic development in the former constituency of retired President Daniel Arap Moi.
The project which targets to enhance 20km of road in each of the 30 wards in the region as well as grading, gravelling and maintaining the rehabilitated roads was commissioned by Baringo Governor, Stanley Kiptis in Kabarnet Town.
“We are using equipment from the county and we have also hired six excavators, 12 graders and 24 tippers,” said the Governor who added that some roads in the remote parts of the county have never been graded since independence.
“We want to see that all our roads in the remote parts which are yet to be improved since we attained independence are upgraded,” he added.
Mr. Kiptis also took time to assure the youth in the county that they will not be sidelined during the project and the county was targeting to hire 60 of them to supplement the existing personnel.
The opening of roads in Baringo’s volatile areas of the region, is also expected to go a long way in boosting security.
Armed bandits have been having a field day staging attacks and killing people because they are aware that those remote areas are unaccessible by the security officers, the former teacher explained.
Therefore with the opening up of these porous areas normalcy is expected to be restored.
Improved road network will also spur economic development in the former constituency of retired President Daniel Arap Moi whose son is currently the senator by linking them with ready markets for their produce.
Baringo County Executive Committee Member for Roads, Philemon Rono, further added that, the initiative is a simultaneous operation that categorizes the wards into five clusters of six wards.
According to Mr. Rono, movement of agricultural products has been hampered for a long time now, and once the roads are improved, urban markets will be accessible and attract more investors.
Once work is complete on one cluster, another cluster will commence construction work.
Stakeholders and the County Executive Committee will be responsible in managing the projects and ensuring that standard roads are constructed.
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