The Kenya Roads Board has commended the County Government of Elgeyo Marakwet for opening up new roads in the county.
Eng. David Orwenyo, the Kenya Roads Board General Manager Technical Compliance said the county had significantly improved it’s road network in the last five years by opening up new ones.
Speaking when he led a team from KRB who paid a courtesy call to Deputy Governor Wisley Rotich, Eng. Orwenyo said he was encouraged to see strides made in the county in enhancing road network.
“It is encouraging to see an improvement in your roads,” he said, “I am happy that you are also utilising funds from KRB well.”
So far, the authority has released more than Sh440 million to improve some 580 kilometers of roads.
He said KRB was interested in value for money and urged the roads department to ensure that works are done as per specifications. “It is our responsibility to inspect the work which has been done on the ground after releasing the funds and I am happy to note that the feedback here is good…this is a grant by KRB obtained from fuel levy for maintenance of roads,” he added.
Mr Rotich said the several roads in the county cut across the highlands, hanging valley and the valley thereby being expensive to work on them.
“Despite all this challenges and many others which include lack of machinery and inspection vehicles, through EDA, we have managed to improve more than 1,400 kilometers of roads and opened more than 107 kilometers of new roads,” said the Deputy Governor.
He said the new roads had led to improved movement of people and goods in the county.
“We have reduced the mortality rate of expectant mothers and newborns in many areas where there were no roads before… people used to carry the sick on makeshift stretchers or on their backs but this has changed since new roads were opened up as the case of Maron-Mungwa road where residents from far flung areas can now access Mungwa heat centre,” he said.
Roads CEC Kevin Biwott asked the KRB to reclassify some roads to ease the county financial maintain burden, an issue Eng Orwenyo promised to present to the board for consideration.
The team later witnessed the training of 300 boda boda riders on road safety and First Aid. The riders were also given protective gear which included an helmet and reflective live savers.
Also present were Chief of Staff Barmasaai Kipng’etich and CS Paul Chemmuttut.