Jubilee administration has made unremitting efforts to promote new rural economic reform and revitalize rural collective assets by improving transport system to boost development in Kericho and Bomet Counties.
The Ministry of Roads and Infrastructure has revealed that 660km of conventional and rural roads funded to a tune of 28.5 billion are under construction in the two South Rift Counties.
More sh.1.7 billion have been set aside in 2018/19 financial year to ensure they are completed to the desired standards. Upon completion, they will boost employment, business activity, property values and investment and reduce transport costs and travel time.
In the past, South Rift used to feel sidelined in sharing of key infrastructural projects but the ongoing upgrading of major roads and extensive road network will open it up to investments thus spur economic growth.
The projects were planned and shared during the first-term of President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto when Eng. John Mosonik was Principal Secretary for Infrastructure.
A Report from the Ministry seen by Famous South Rift unveils that the region is one of the lucky few that got the wide-ranging road networks connecting rural areas to major towns.
This is part of Jubilee government plan to build 10,000Kms of roads aimed to open up rural areas for businesses and to de-congest towns through an economical project known as Low Volume Seal Technology (LVSR).
Though the able leadership of Eng. Mosonik, Kericho County secured 340km of tarmac roads dispersed across the six constituencies funded to a tune of sh. 15.5 billion and more sh. 815m are in store for them in 2018/19 financial year.
The development champion secured 320.40 km of roads to navigate across the 25 wards of Bomet County allocated sh. 13 billion and more sh. 965 million in 2018/19 financial year.
More 135 km of conventional and rural roads to be done at a cost of sh. 5.4 billion are under procurement.
The ongoing roads in Bomet add up to 213km funded to a tune of sh. 10 billion whereas more 45km are under procurement.
The region has had several politicians before but lacked a development champion to influence establishment of projects in the region until Eng. Mosonik was appointed to be PS for Roads and Infrastructure.
“We don’t need leaders who just use positions in government to enrich themselves. Leaders should emulate Eng. Mosonik who in only two years as PS for roads transformed our region” Bernard Kiplangat from Bomet said
Mosonik is today attributed all infrastructural projects that have connected Nakuru, Bomet, Kericho and Narok people to do business with ease.
“We owe lots of respect and thanks to Eng. John Mosonik who influenced these projects to our area that have had been neglected for ages” MCA from Belgut in Kericho said
Mosnik, the infrastructure expert agrees that “Domestic transportation is a key factor for economic growth,”. “Transportation issues and infrastructural delays affect a nation’s progress and Kenya needs much faster and efficient transportation systems.”
He adds that good physical connectivity in the urban and rural areas improves reliability in the system and delivering a more customer-focused approach hence essential for economic growth.
“Good roads are nation’s lifeline vital in adding speed and efficiency to progress. It provides access to employment, social, health and education services. Effective road network is also crucial in fighting against poverty by opening up more areas and stimulating economic and social development,” Mosonik said
The Petroleum and Mining CAS who believes that service to humanity is service to God says good road-network pulls along universities, international investors and tourists who are key players in economic growth of every society.
The ongoing projects in Kericho include are Premier – Kabianga, Taplotin – Ainamoi, Cheborge-Kiburgat, Cheplanget-Kapkatet, Brooke Bond-Maili Nne-Chepseon and Kipkelion-Liloch-Fort-tenan.
In the neighbouring County of Bomet those being upgraded to bitumen standards are: Tengecha –Koiwa, Kaptebeng’wet -Chebangang -Kimulot–Changoi, Thekanda-Ndaraweta-Sasik-Singorwet-Leldaet, Soimet-Kapletundo-Mogogosiek and Daraja Sita-Chebole-Chebunyo.
Low Volume Sealed roads in Bomet that will soon start include Chebunyo-Sigor-Junction, Longisa-Kipreres-Sigor, Silibwet-Merigi-Kembu-Kapkimolwa and Longisa-Kembu-Chemaner-Kimchul-Matecha
The major (conventional) roads in the region are Cheplanget-Sigowet, Kericho Town Big interchange and Ndanai-Gorgor in Bomet.
The Bridges under construction in Bomet County include Kipsonoi River Bridge and Chelolong Bridge while Kamirai Bridge and Chembori River Bridge are still under procurement.
Witnessed benefits of Good Roads
South Rift is one of the most fertile areas in in the country endowed with sceneries desired by both local foreign and local investors but it was only hindered by lack of roads and effective means of transport.
Tarmacking of Mauche-Pombo-Olenguruone-Sibilwet road has opened up the area to public transport hence reducing time of traveling Nakuru to Bomet from four hours (4hrs) through Kericho only to one and a half hours.
Random interviews conducted by Famous South Rift revealed that since the roads traversing across the villages, value of land has rapidly escalated with many investors showing interest in buying more than two acres of land to set up hotels among other companies.
“Since the road was completed a year ago, the cost of land along the road magically escalated from two hundred thousand now approaching six hundred thousand. This came with a high demand of people who want to set up businesses along the road,” Philip Tiong’in a resident of Soitaran area said
The construction works also created employment opportunities hence changing lives of many. Like the case of Musa Koech from Londiani who bought a taxi cub from salaries he got as a driver. Other jobs that were created include: foreman, driving, supervisory, civil engineering and even guarding.
The locals are grateful to Jubilee government and Eng. Mosonik for establishing the road that was anticipated for since the era of the late Kipkalya Kones who sought to upgrade it during retired President Moi’s regime in vain.
“I am a resident of Nessuit and upon completion of this road, I started buying potatoes and selling them in Bomet town, and I am grateful that my family is now happy with my two daughters studying in university with no problem,” Jane Chesimet said