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Historic Kithimani-Makutano road opened

27 June 2014, 10:19

Machakos - The Machakos County government opened a 33-kilometre road that is hailed as the fastest-built such facility in Kenya and possibly Africa.

During the opening of the Kithimani-Makutano ma-Mwala road, the Machakos County Governor, Alfred Mutua said that the road was built at the shortest time possible and with a smaller budget than earlier proposed.

“We are also proving that by employing austerity measures, a reserve price and by eliminating corruption, we can spend KES 650 million instead of the proposed KES1.6 billion Kenya for the road. We have funded construction of this road from our devolved county funds and local collections,” said Mutua.

Mutua said it was historic that the people of Machakos County have turned what has been a fading dream into a reality.

“This Kithimani to Makutano ma Mwala road is considered the most important link road in Machakos County. It cuts the distance between Garissa and Mombasa by 5 hours and Matuu and Machakos town by 2 hours,” said Mutua.

The 33-kilometer stretch of road is part of the comprehensive infrastructural development in Machakos County.

It was launched by the Governor a few months ago.

The comprehensive project includes more than 800 boreholes, 820 dams, pans and water tanks intended to aid residents of the dry county.

During the launch, Mutua said the county had already mapped out every village using modern technology and also plans to de-silt all the existing dams.

“To ensure water security, we are drilling over 800 boreholes, 820 dams & pans, water raised tanks for treated water for all 896 villages,” said Mutua.

He promised that by December 31, there would be clean water tanks in every village.

 – CAJ News

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