MAKING OF A LEGACY: UHURU’S DEVELOPMENT SCORECARD


President Uhuru Kenyatta

By: The Mt. Kenya Times Team

President Uhuru Kenyatta issuing Tittle deeds

President Uhuru Kenyatta’s development record is unparalleled, and its impact on the economy is being felt. His infrastructural development across the country far out ways the previous three regimes combined.

We shall highlight some of the key infrastructural development that have been undertaking during his tenure. We admittedly say that politics may have mushroomed during his regime leading to a lot of energies being directed elsewhere but we shall endeavour to tell the truth even when majority may choose otherwise.

In is home turf the Mt Kenya region the following projects have been completed or are at advanced stage and shall be completed before his exit next year.

Kenol-Sagana-Marua highway (Ksh14 billion)

The 84 km road project runs from Kenol township in Murang’a through Makutano and Sagana in Kirinyaga county and end in Marua, Nyeri county.

Phase I of the project will see 36km of road constructed from Sagana to Marua, while Phase II will stretch for 48km from Kenol to Sagana.

Numerous investors have pitched camp along the highway to take advantage of the increased traffic that will be occasioned by the dualling of the road. Hotels and businesses are sporadically emerging from Kenol town that is seen as the gateway to the Mt. Kenya region from the capital Nairobi.

The number of vendors lining up on the highway to sell to both motorists and passengers has also surged.

540km Mau Mau roads (Ksh30 billion)

Construction of the 540km Mau Mau Road that traverses the counties of Kiambu, Murang’a, Nyeri and Nyandarua is already in good shape.

The motorway will start at Gataka in Limuru, and then traverse through Kamahindu and Kibichoi in Kiambu County before negotiating its way through Kinyona in Kigumo and Ichichi in Kangema, Murang’a County. It will then pass-through tens of market centres in Murang’a and Nyeri before ending at Njengu in Nyeri County where it will join the Nyeri-Nyahururu road.

The Mau Mau Road will be built in four phases— within a two-year timeline. Two contractors are handling the stretch in Kiambu, while the other two are handling the Murang’a and Nyeri segments, respectively.

On completion, the road is expected to boost the economy of the Mount Kenya region which produces two of Kenya’s main cash crops: tea and coffee.

The Western Bypass (Ksh17 billion)

The Western Bypass

By the end of this year, you will be able to avoid Nairobi’s choking traffic jams by using bypasses without getting into the city. Southern Bypass, Northern Bypass, and Eastern Bypass have already been put up. The remaining one, Western Bypass, will be completed by the end of the year. It passes through several towns such as Gitaru, Wangige, Ndenderu and Ruaka, and is the fourth and final ring road in the Nairobi Ring Road Network Masterplan.

The project works include the construction of a dual carriageway with a length of 15.3km and about 17.31km of service roads. It also comprises seven grade interchanges at Gitaru, Lower Kabete, Wangige, Kihara, Ndenderu, Rumenye and Ruaka.

Ngong Road Upgrade (Ksh2.3 billion)

The expansion of Nairobi’s Ngong Road Phase III to a dual carriageway is 83% complete, with the Chinese contractor expected to finish the project by May 2022.  The 9.8km road, which starts from Dagoretti Corner to Karen Shopping Centre, has been under construction for two years now.  According to the Kenya Urban Roads Authority, the scope of works includes 6.5-metre-wide, two-lane carriageways, two roundabouts, one at Karen/Ngong Road section and another one at the Karen/Lang’ata Road junction. The design will also entail bus bays as well as non-motorised transport (NMT) footbridges, footpaths and cycling paths.

JKIA-Westlands Expressway (Ksh62.2 billion)

Construction of the 27km expressway is 57% complete. The Expressway runs from Mlolongo, connects to the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to the CBD, and ends at James Gichuru in Westlands.

According to the road design, the first 15.5km is being constructed at grade, while the last 11.2km will be constructed as an elevated road. The section between Eastern Bypass and Southern Bypass will be a six-lane dual carriageway, while Mlolongo to Eastern Bypass, and Southern Bypass to James Gichuru will be four-lane dual carriageway. The elevated highway will run through the CBD along Uhuru highway up to James Gichuru junction. Haile Selassie Road, Kenyatta Avenue and University Way will pass below the elevated road.

Waiyaki way expansion (Ksh16 billion)

The project involves the expansion of a 25km stretch of Waiyaki Way starting from James Gichuru Road junction to Mai Mahiu turnoff on the Nairobi-Nakuru highway. The project, which began in 2017, is slated for completion in December 2021. The road expansion which is expected to reduce the frequent traffic jams experienced in Kenya’s capital Nairobi is part of the World Bank-funded mega roads expansion project in partnership with the GOK.

Samburu-Kinango Road (Ksh2 billion)

The road was completed in July 2020.  The completion of the Sh2 billion Kinango-Samburu Road by the Kenya Rural Roads Authority (Kerra), has become a game-changer in the travel and tourism industry in Kwale County.

Stakeholders say the project has saved time for the tourists while attracting more visitors to the South

Coast, who have been preferring areas in Mombasa and Malindi due to ease of accessibility.

Kwale has most tourist attractions at the Coast, including the magnificent Wasini Island, Funzi Island, Shimoni, Diani Beach, Beach Hotels, and Shimba Hills National Reserve among others.Those  visiting Kwale in the past have been previously forced to rely on  the Mombasa-Nairobi highway, going  through Kibarani, Likoni ferry  to Diani, where they experience frequent traffic  jams which  cause delays.

Lamu-Ijara-Garissa highway (Ksh17.9 billion)

The project is part of the Lamu Port-South Sudan-Ethiopia-Transport (LAPSSET) Corridor project and consists of spur roads associated with the highway. It is the first part of a $228 million road construction project that the State is expected to undertake in Lamu County stretching for 250km. The two security roads will have a two-pronged effect of improving security within the Lamu-Boni area, as well as opening up the area for future investors once the Lamu Port operationalization kicks off later this year. The project is expected to be complete in December 2022.

Other roads include:

  • Kirima-Ndinda-Engineer Road
  • Meru bypass (7.6Km Western bypass and 12.6km Eastern bypass)
  • Vota-Kithini Road Machakos
  • Keria-Magutuni-Katwana Road Tharaka Nithi
  • Kericho-Mt Summit Road.
  • Matemanywa-Gesina-Mosebiti Road Nyamira county
  • Nairutia-Kiawara road 35km
  • Oinamoi-Kapluk-Barwesa Road.
  • Salgaa blackspot
  • 33km Eldoret bypass.
  • Kisii bypass
  • Voi-Mwatate Road
  • Isiolo-Moyale Road
  • Nuno-Modagache Road – The 135-kilometre one-lane road is part of the regional road network that connects northern and southern Kenya with neighbouring countries, including Ethiopia and Somalia.

Stadiums done by Uhuru’s government

Kinoru Stadium (Ksh900 million)

The government has made strides in delivering the stadiums promised to Kenyans during the 2017 elections, with Kinoru Stadium getting a Ksh900 million facelift. Located in Meru County, the stadium is expected to meet international standards with a capacity of 30,000. The stadium underwent a massive upgrade. The stadium has the following:

  • four changing rooms for teams and an extra two for officials
  • VIP Lounges
  • a press conference room
  • a media tribune
  • it will have additional basketball, netball, tennis, and volleyball courts

Kirigiti Stadium, Kiambu (Ksh600 million)

Construction work on the historic Kirigiti Stadium in Kiambu is now 50 per cent complete.

The upgrade project is undertaken by the National government in collaboration with the Kiambu county

government at a cost of Sh600 million.  It will be a 16,000-seater facility.

Before the government-initiated construction works last year, the ground was overgrown and littered, and old provincial administration structures on-site had run down.

The stadium will be crucial to nurturing and developing talent, creating jobs, and enabling the county to earn extra revenue.

Wang’uru Stadium (Ksh300 million)

The construction of the Wang’uru Stadium in Mwea, Kirinyaga County is set to be completed by October this year. The stadium includes construction of a VIP pavilion in concrete, steel pavilion stands and roofing of earth terraces in a steel roof structure.

Renovation of Nyayo Stadium

The renovated Nyayo stadium was launched on 26th September, 2020.  Nyayo Stadium now has a new look with seats fitted on the terraces, which is an improvement from the old-look when spectators would sit on the slab.  The seats now bear the national flag colours, with the stadium boasting a breath-taking pitch with well-trimmed grass. Most facilities have also been upgraded, with the players locker rooms getting a revamp as well as an exquisite VIP section for dignitaries. The stadium has a capacity of 30,000.

DAMS done by Uhuru’s government

Thwake Dam

Thwake Multipurpose Dam is a project under the Tanathi Water Services Board (TAWSB) and entails harnessing of the fluctuating flows of the Athi River and the seasonal water from Thwake River. The dam will provide water supply for domestic, livestock, irrigation, hydropower and even industrial activities in Makueni and neighbouring districts and also certain parts of Kitui based on topography.

The project’s construction works are over 37% complete. The dam project is being implemented in four phases. The first phase, which is currently under execution, involves the construction of an 80.5-metre-high multi-purpose dam with a storage capacity of 688 million cubic meters and associated preliminary works needed to enable the undertaking of the other three phases.

The second phase will involve the construction of an electricity sub-station and a hydropower plant that is expected to generate at least 20 megawatts of electricity, while phase three will involve the development of a water supply system to treat and distribute up to 150,000 cubic meters of water per day to the rural inhabitants of Kitui and Makueni counties as well as some parts of Machakos County.

The fourth and the last phase of the project will involve the development of irrigation works for up to 40,075 hectares of land in Kitui and Makueni counties. Upon completion, the project is expected to benefit over 1.3 million residents of the three nearby counties.

Karimenu Dam (Ksh24 billion)

Karimenu Dam

The construction of the Ksh24 billion Karimenu dam in Gatundu North is in good progress. As of now, excavation of outlet tunnel, inlet tunnel and tunneling itself which involves soil and rock, is fully complete. The entire construction work is scheduled to be completed in May 2022.

Upon completion, the dam will produce 70,000 cubic meters of clean water on a daily basis for irrigation and domestic use to residents of Thika, Juja, Ruiru and Nairobi.

Northern Water Collector (Ksh8.2 billion)

Construction of the northern water collector tunnel which targets to increase water supply to Nairobi City County is at 91 percent complete. The tunnel once completed is expected to increase water capacity at Ndakaini dam, main reservoir of water supplied to Nairobi and its environs. Some of the projects associated with   the tunnel include Murang’a, Ithanga, Gatanga, Gatango and Ichichi, Makomboki community water projects. The tunnel which draws water from three rivers namely, Maragua, Gikigie and Irate is being done by the Athi Water Service Board and is aimed to reduce water rationing in Nairobi County.

Thiba Dam (Ksh19 billion)

Thiba Dam

Construction of the Thiba Dam is 70% complete, and expected to be completed by May 2022.  The main purpose of this dam is to increase the acreage of land under irrigation in Mwea Irrigation Scheme.

Other dams include:

  • Mwache Dam
  • Maragua Dam which will serve residents of Nairobi, Thika, Ruiru and Juja
  • Kanjuri Dam provide water for Meru County residents.
  • Yamo Multipurpose Dam

This programme is being implemented in two phases: Phase I of the programme is involving 8 counties, namely; Machakos, Murang’a, Meru, Nyeri, Kirinyaga, Embu, Kiambu and Tharaka Nithi that account for

70% of the national coffee production and have the potential of ensuring quick wins through productivity increase.

Phase II of the project, which is expected to begin in September this year, will expand to other coffee growing areas.

The   programme   components   include; increasing coffee production and productivity, improving cooperative societies, supporting research and development, technology dissemination, supporting development of alternative coffee markets and project coordination.

Further, the project will focus on:

  1. a) Increasing production and productivity (fertilizer subsidies, seed propagation/distribution of coffee planting materials)
  2. b) Enhancing efficiency of the primary coffee processing infrastructure and quality of coffee (automation of cooperatives processes, modernization of equipment). This will entail upgrading coffee factories by installing modern milling machines, building new coffee drying beds, installing of digital weighing machines and construction of water storage systems.

AGRICULTURE AND IRRIGATION

17 Irrigation schemes in Turkana

Turkana is one of the counties with the highest number of irrigation schemes. It is home to 17 irrigation schemes. They include the 2000-acre Katilu Irrigation Scheme which is managed by the National Irrigation Board (NIB), and benefits 35,000 households in the hunger-prone county, the Lokirieret model drip irrigation scheme in Lokichogio ward, Turkana West Sub County, the Lokwaliwa model drip irrigation in Turkana South Sub-County being constructed with targeted beneficiaries being the youth among others.

TEA AND COFFEE REFORMS

Coffee   farmers have a reason to smile after their societies recorded the highest payments since independent.

Recently, the Ministry of Agriculture launched the coffee revitalization programme which is supported by the World Bank to a tune of Ksh1.5 billion.

This programme is being implemented in two phases: Phase I of the programme is involving 8 counties, namely; Machakos, Murang’a, Meru, Nyeri, Kirinyaga, Embu, Kiambu and Tharaka Nithi that account for 70% of the national coffee production and have the potential of ensuring quick wins through productivity increase.

Phase II of the project, which is expected to begin in September this year, will expand to other coffee growing areas.

The   programme   components   include; increasing coffee production and productivity, improving cooperative societies, supporting research and development, technology dissemination, supporting development of alternative coffee markets and project coordination.

Further, the project will focus on:

  1. Increasing production and productivity (fertilizer subsidies, seed propagation/distribution of coffee planting materials)
  2. Enhancing efficiency of the primary coffee processing infrastructure and quality of coffee (automation of cooper-atives processes, modernization of equipment). This will entail upgrading coffee factories by installing modern milling machines, building new coffee drying beds, installing of digital weighing machines and construction of wa-ter storage systems.
  3. Strengthening cooperative institutions and governance.
  4. Project coordination (support the integration of database, monitoring and backstopping)

The government has also established Coffee Cherry Advance Revolving Fund, to provide affordable, sustainable and accessible cherry advance to smallholder coffee growers.

The coffee farmers and leaders of the coffee cooperative societies supported these reforms and committed to start bringing coffee to new KPCU milling plant in Meru from next week.

MARKETS

Gikomba Market, Chaka Market, Juja Market Kikuyu market, Kisumu Business Complex

MANUFACTURING

Nanotechnology and Semiconductor manufacturing facility, Small arms manufacturing and Rivatex.

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