Residents of Mokowe Township in Lamu County and Hola Township in Tana River County have reason to be happy as the government through the Kenya Urban Roads Authority is set to upgrade the roads in these townships. Kenya Urban Roads Authority (KURA) has revealed an elaborate plan to upgrade the towns which are considered to be County Headquarters. This was revealed by KURA Board during a courtesy call on Lamu Governor Hon. Issa Timamy on Monday 20th March, 2017. These two government funded projects will bring prosperity and development to these counties hitherto considered marginalized.
Speaking during the meeting Eng. Silas Kinoti, KURA Ag. Director General called for proper planning of the towns considering the future importance and status. He called for wide road corridors meant to ensure buses and non-motorized facilities are considered in the town planning.
The Director General also revealed that KURA has plans to build the capacity of County Technical staff under the project as well as sponsoring youths to be trained as plant operators to work in the project. The Board team leader Ms. Lucy Mathenge requested the Lamu County Government to provide office space for the authority to build as well as for a children’s traffic park. The children traffic park will enable children at young age to acquire skills in road safety. Governor Issa Timamy accepted to provide land to the authority saying Lamu People will benefit greatly from the roads and KURA’s presence in the county. He asked for continued cooperation and collaboration for public benefit.
The upgrading of the 15km Mokowe township roads is expected to cost approximately 1.2 billion shillings and will take two and a half years to be completed. Hola Township roads which cover 10 kilometres will cost kshs.Sh600 million to upgrade and works is expected to be complete in two years. Both projects are single carriageway with road furniture being factored as safety instruments for road users. Both projects are expected to commence by May 2017.
Upon completion, local communities and residents are expected to reap benefits socially and economically through creation of employment and increased security. Investment in these towns is expected to grow steadily over the coming years and will greatly urbanize these towns. The opening of Lamu Port is expected to grow the town bringing in workers, tourists, business people and other related services.
Completion of the Mokowe townships roads is expected to promote access to Lamu County is known to be a tourist destination characterized by cultural festivals, hence enhance economic growth.
Well-constructed, upgraded and maintained roads automatically create employment opportunities, ideas and bring about development and this is what KURA hopes to achieve once these two projects are complete. This will also empower the residents by improving living standards in all aspects including access to government services.
Considering the expectations of LAPSSET project and importance of Lamu Port to the Country, improvement of access in mukowe will automatically create many opportunities and improved living standards for investors, workers and visitors.