Following two days of media speculation that the military is involved in re-carpeting of the Kisian- Bondo road ahead of Raila Odinga’s inauguration senior KENHA officials have come out to set the record straight.
First, the senior officials from Kenya Roads and Highways Authority said that the 55km stretch was undergoing routine maintenance from Kisian to Bondo for Sh700 million. This includes re-carpeting and covering the potholes.
Mr. Ezekiel Fukwo, the engineer in charge of maintenance at KENHA dismissed claims that the road was being built by the military.
“It was advertised and planned for like any other project. It is just a coincidence. There is another ongoing maintenance all over the country in Nairobi, Busia, Ugunja and even at the border in Namanga we have two contractors.”
Second, the first tarmac road project undertaken by the Siaya County Government, the Bondo-Opoda road is now complete. The road was fully funded with the county budget and the Minister for Roads and Public Works in the Siaya County Government, Jaoko Oburu was personally responsible for oversight.
Third, the flurry of preparations at Uhuru Gardens, ostensibly sanctioned by the Interior PS Dr. Karanja Kibicho is another coincidence difficult to swallow.
Dr. Kibicho is among the team charged with overseeing a peaceful transition but has gone out of his way to charge the Nairobi Metropolitan Service under Major Gen Badi to make haste in preparing Uhuru Gardens for the inauguration.
Coincident or not, someone is preparing for the swearing-in of Raila Amollo Odinga as the fifth president of the Republic of Kenya.