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Chief Officer in Deputy Governor's Office Andrew Otiti, Busia-Malaba road contractor Ali Abdi, DG Moses Mulomi and CECM for roads Okwara Ekirapa outside the Governor's office on Thursday.

KeNHA gives Busia-Malaba road contractor 10 months to complete the project

Photo: Busia-Malaba road contractor Ali Abdi (right) explains to the Deputy Governor Moses Mulomi and KeNHA Western Region Director Anthony Mutua (centre) on the progress made so far

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.

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