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Team to Assess Roads After Rains Havoc

The government has deployed a team to assess extent of damage of roads caused by ongoing heavy downpour.

Transport Cabinet Secretary Mr. James Macharia has said many roads across the country have been affected by the rains paralysing transport in some parts of the country.

The ministry, he said cannot currently know  the extent of damage caused on various transport infrastructure.

Macharia speaking in Kigumo on Friday noted that the emergency fund which the government has set is not enough saying his ministry will partner with other government agencies to repair destroyed roads.

“From the fuel levy the amount we have raised is Sh. 6 billion which is  not enough to repair all destroyed parts of roads across the country,” stated Macharia.

He added that the Kenya Defence Forces has already responded in fixing some bridges which have been washed away by raging waters.

“KDF is working to put a temporary bridge at a part of Kapenguria – Lodwar road which was destroyed by rains.

“The kind of heavy rains we are receiving in the country have not been experienced recently and we will commit ourselves to fix destroyed roads,” added Macharia.

He said his ministry will partner with other government agencies to work on destroyed roads once the ongoing rains subsides.

Meanwhile the CS who was addressing mourners during burial of former Kigumo MP Onsemus Mwangi said only Kenyans will make final decision on the recently inaugurated Building Bridges Initiative Report.

Macharia observed that the report was out of people’s ideas and that the final decision cannot be left to few elected leaders to decide.

“BBI document was arrived out of people’s contribution and the report cannot only be left to few people to decide for Kenyans,” he noted saying the constitution gives citizens utmost right to make decision of matters affecting them.

He cautioned leaders  against  engaging in early campaigns saying the trend may derail implementation of government projects.

“My appeal is for all leaders to support president’s directive on ceasing to do early campaigns and champion on realising development agenda,” added the CS.

Other leaders present led by Murang’a County Woman Representative Sabina Chege asked Kenyans to read and understand the BBI report and avoid engaging in unnecessary criticisms of the documents.

Chege said Kenyans should be left to read and understand the report without being hastened.

On his part Gatundu MP Moses Kuria said leaders have right to guide the people they represent on the documents.

He noted parliament can be trusted to make needed changes in the constitution as doing so will be cheaper than conducting a referendum.

By Bernard Munyao

 

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