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Govt says KES 25million Mombasa southern- bypass work to commence January 2015

24 November 2014, 22:56 Mbungu Harrison

Mombasa - The construction of the multi-billion Mombasa southern bypass (dongo Kundu)in Mombasa will commence January next year,transport and infrastructure principal secretary John Mosonic has said.

Mosonic while on tour to where the project will start said tenders for the first phase of the construction of the bypass are complete and will be announced in  two weeks time.

The work which is set to commence by January next year has faced sharp criticism from the land squatters and members of Parliament from the region for not putting proper compensation procedure.

Mombasa governor Hassan Joho Changamwe Mp Omar Mwinyi and Jomvu counterpart had in the past threatened to block the project if the government fails to initiate proper compensation framework.

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Families from where the bypass will traverse have decried for compensation claiming that there was a plot of the government to deny some of who do not have title deeds of their land compensation.

Transport Cabinet secretary Michael Kamau and NLC chairman Mohammed Swazuri had earlier promised fairness in compensation for land from those to be displaced by the two projects.

Speaking during a site visit at Miritini Transport principal secretary John Mosonic said the project will be implemented in three phases where the first phase will cost the government KES 11 billion.

“Tenders for work package one have been evaluated and will soon be awarded. Construction works are set to commence in January 2014 with a completion period of 30 months,” Said Mosonic.

The Sh20 billion Dongo-Kundu bypasse will connect South Coast with Mombasa at Miritini junction along the Mombasa-Nairobi highway and Kibundani junction in the Mombasa-Tanzania road.

Mosonic said phase 2 and 3 will be rolled out in 2015 and will be projected to be completed by 2018 and 2017.

The government had received KES 25 billion from the Japan International cooperation which was signed on 2nd June 2012 to implement the project.

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