County set to expand Kitale airstrip

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The  National government in conjunction with Trans Nzoia county government are set to expand Kitale Airstrip in a move  expected to increase air traffic at the facility.

Speaking  on Thursday after receiving a delegation from the Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) who called on him in his office,  the  Trans Nzoia governor, Patrick  Khaemba said the county has been receiving few flights owing to the size of the runway at  the Kitale airstrip.

“After the expansion, we expect increased business activities in our County,” said Khaemba

The  KAA  North Rift Regional Manager, Walter  Agong  said KAA has already committed Sh.150Million to support the project, adding the runway will be expanded to 2 kilometers to accommodate bigger aircraft.

He  revealed  that  in the next financial year KAA plans to construct a new terminal among other facilities at the airstrip.

Khaemba  also  disclosed that the county is in the process of acquiring 50 acres of land near the airstrip that he said will  be utilized to ensure that Kitale airstrip meets the International standards.

He however, asked the national land commission to move with speed and address the issue of land grabbing that he said  has  grounded the Airstrip future expansion and upgrading plans.

Governor  Khaemba  who  toured  the Kitale  Airstrip  was accompanied by County assembly Roads and Infrastructure  Chairman,  Alfred  Weswa, CEC Lands, Christine Tanguli, County Secretary, Sifuna  Wakofula among  other  county  staff.

By  Moses  Wekesa

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