The preparations of National Madaraka Day Celebrations in Narok County is complete, Interior and Coordination of National Government Principal Secretary (PS), Karanja Kibicho has said.
Karanja who led top government officials on Friday in inspecting the Stadium and the Presidential lounge lauded the preparations, saying the contractors have worked day and night in a period of only one month to ensure all was set for the day.
Among the officials who accompanied Kibicho were, Defence Principal Secretary, Saitoti Torome, Devolution PS, Charles Sunkuli, Interior Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS), Patrick Ole Ntutu and Deputy Head Public Service, Wanyama Musyambo.
The Narok North Member of Parliament, Moitalel Ole Kenta said it is no doubt that the celebrations has brought multiple blessings to Narok residents.
“We are double honoured because what we have seen in Narok town is tremendous development. Some other counties will take up to 40 years before the celebrations are held in their counties,” said Kenta.
Among other benefits the county will enjoy is the installation of a Sh. 600 million portable bridge built by Kenya Defence Force (KDF) to curb storm floods that will remain in the county.
During last week’s tour, Kibicho said the initial plan was to dismantle the temporary bridge immediately after the celebrations as it happens in other areas but after consultation with the county government, the bridge would remain and reinforced.
“We have agreed that the infrastructure (bridge) is important for the county. As a government, we will talk so that we leave that bridge intact and see how we make up for the materials that were used which were meant to be portable,” he said.
The construction of the bridge that cuts across River Narok and connects Narok town to Total estate through Narok Stadium is a big relief to the town dwellers who for a long time had to wait for long hours to cross the swollen river when flash floods occurs.
The three main highways leading to Narok town; that is Narok – Bomet, Narok – Nakuru and Narok – Nairobi are currently being expanded to control traffic jams on that special day.
“We want to ensure a smooth flow of traffic in all roads around the town so that business can continue as usual. So far everything is moving smoothly as planned,” he said.
Among other major renovations at the stadium include upgrading of the 5, 000 seater stadium to accommodate 4, 000 Very Important Persons (VIPs) dais and over 20, 000 people who will attend the National Celebrations.
Five additional entrances have also been constructed around the stadium in additional to the two current entrances.
By Ann Salaton