Kenya National Highway Authority (KeNHA) Regional Director Western Region Engineer Anthony Mutua has given the Busia-Malaba Road Contractor 10 months to complete the tarmacking of the 30km road.
Mutua who received a bashing from Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong in April for sleeping on the job said the contractor Ali Abdi has up to April 30, 2019 to complete the upgrading of the road to bitumen standards.
” We came to brief the Governor on the progress we have made so far after our April meeting. I am happy to reveal that the contractor has pulled up his socks and will deliver the road by the set deadline with the support of residents.
The maintenance of the road ahead of the works has been undertaken with the road now in motorable condition. The contractor has completed tarmacking of 2km stretch and waiting to be trafficked,” he said, adding that they are targeting 5km by 30th May, 2018.
Speaking after meeting Deputy Governor Moses Mulomi , County Executive Committee Member for Roads Okwara Ekirapa and Water CECM Dr Isaac Alukwe, Eng. Mutua said the contractor has assembled more machines to expedite the process.
The KeNHA boss said the road maintenance ahead of the works was hampered by tracks ferrying sand and bad weather but the contractor is readily available to address the challenges as they occur.
” I have also instructed him to address challenges of drainage that is inconveniencing road users. Other challenges includes water pipes and electricity polls which needs to be relocated.
The contractor paid Busia Water Sewerage Services Company 170,000 and Kenya Power and Lighting Sh1.4m to relocate the water pipes and electricity polls respectively but no action has been taken so far,” he said.
Dr Alukwe said he will pursue the matter with Buwassco acting managing director. Deputy Governor Moses Mulomi told the contractor to fast track the tarmacking of the road to open up the two border towns to investors.