This is the 33km road bitumen road build within a period of three months and which the Machakos governor Dr. Alfred Mutua billed as the fastest built highway in Africa. Well, it seems time was the main idea. How long will my road take to be built? Three months, that’s what I want.
Now a week into existence, the road looks dilapidated and tired despite the fact that less than 1000 vehicles have used it. It brings into focus the ‘hurry to develop’ without thinking and planning.
Road situation now
1. The Road is a critical linkage road cutting across Machakos County joining Garissa Road to Machakos Kitui Road.
2. The Road id 33 kilometres long.
3. The original KENHA (National Government) estimate cost was Kshs. 1.6 billion for construction of the road. However, Machakos County Government has constructed it for Kshs. 650 Million, a third of the KENHA cost. Local contractors, registered with the National Government were used. The road was supervised by qualified engineers and all materials tested by the National Government’s testing unit.
4. The road was fully funded using Machakos Government County funds.
5. The Road was built in a record of three (3) months (March 18th, 2014 – June 18th, 2014).
- This was by using eleven (11) contractors, each contractor assigned 3 kilometres. Had it been awarded a single contractor, the road would have taken a minimum of 36 – 48 months (3- 4 years).
- This is a revolutionary way of doing things. Same quality but faster results for Wananchi.
Road situation when launched a week ago:
6. The Road has street lights installed on it, road signage and also features a Rest Area with a toilet and Convenience Store.
- The street lights feature 28 transformers and have also provided electricity to towns and homes along the highway.
7. The road has CCTV Cameras covering its entire length.
8. The towns of Kithimani and Makutano Ma Mwala have also been tarmacked and lit.
9. The Road was promised to the people of Machakos County by President Jomo Kenyatta, Daniel Moi and Mwai Kibaki to no avail. It is considered the most vital road in the County.
10. Governor Dr. Alfred N. Mutua visited and monitored construction of the road by visiting over 10 times and by receiving regular reports of speed of construction and quality.
- This is the first tarmac road built by a County Government in Kenya.
11. The construction is based on Governor Alfred N. Mutua’s development ideology of Maendeleo Chap Chap, meant to provide speedy, quality and efficient service for citizens.
12. Another development Program that makes
The 13th fact about the road is that it is the newest old road in Africa.
MACHAKOS COUNTY – THE PLACE TO BE.