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Red tape delays roads facelift

28 May 2012, 11:41 Sakah Ritchie

The Kenya Roads Board has revealed that long procurement processes and inadequate funding is the main reason leading to a delay in maintenance practices on major road networks in the country.

During a roads' inspection exercise in Trans Nzoia county, KRB executive director Francis Nyanganga said repairs on major roads in the country could be hastened if the longer procurement processes are reduced.

“The delays are as a result of long procurement processes and limited funding which derails major repairs on the roads countrywide,” he said.

On the issue of funding, the board  sought its annual allocation to be raised from KES 100 billion to 120 billion in the coming financial year to be able to carry out major road repairs.

Leading other board directors in the inspection exercise, Nyanganga however said the board has set aside funds to carry out emergency repairs on roads, which have been destroyed by flash floods that are being witnessed countrywide.

“Once the rains subsidize, we are going to carry out major repairs on roads which have been destroyed by floods across the country,” he said.

The directors okayed the quality of maintenance practices being done on major roads in Trans Nzoia county saying  the tasked contractors have completed major repairs and are set to finalize the remaining bits once the rains are over.

“as per now Maintenance on Kitale-Sibanga and Kitale-Endebess road networks has been done in a good way and only  smaller parts are remaining,” he said.

He said the board is conducting  major countrywide assessments on road maintenance, which aims to assess the nature of works done.

The board has inspected major road works in parts of North Rift and Western Province.

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