On Saturday, President William Ruto gave the go-ahead for the 40 km Mtwapa-Kilifi Road along the Mombasa-Malindi Highway to be dualized.
The president claims that the project, which includes a 10 km pathway and 6 footbridges and passes through Mtwapa Town, Kadzengo, and the Kilifi Bridge, would lessen traffic, improve connectivity, and increase pedestrian safety.
As part of the process of bringing the East African Community (EAC) economic region together, the head of state highlighted that the highway will also be extended to the Tanzanian border in order to promote trade between the two nations.
“Hii barabara tutaisukuma kutoka Kilifi mpaka ifike huko Malindi. Na huku upande mwingine tuisukume mpaka ifike kwenye mipaka yetu na Tanzania , kule Lunga Lunga,” President Ruto said.
“Nia ya hii barabara kama mlivyosikia marafiki zetu wakisema, itatusaidia kuunganisha nchi zetu za Afrika Mashariki na kutuunganisha tuweze kufanya bishara kwa sababu bisahara na uchumi ndizo zitatusaidia kupunguza umaskini na kupanga nafasi za ajira
The route will be essential in maximizing the coast region’s potential for trade, tourism, and job generation, according to the leaders that accompanied the president.
Kilifi Governor Gideon Mungaro stated, “Tumekuwa tukilia miaka yote ya kuwa tunataka Malindi airport, hii barabara ikipanuliwa, watalii wanaeeza kutoka Malindi na wafike Mombasa kwa wakati.”
“Bara bara hii ni muhimu sana si kwa mambo ya utalii pekee lakini kwa biashara zote za sehemu hii,” continued Salim Mvurya, the secretary for mining, blue economy, and maritime affairs. Barbara itaunganisha Kenya and Tanzania, najua hii ndio awamu.
Transportation and Roads CS According to Kipchumba Murkomen, the government’s action would guarantee that all Kenyans would profit from improved roads and that young people would also find work.
Then he added, “Tunataka Wakenya wapate barabara ambazo tuumewapangia kwa mika mingi na vijana wetu waweze kufanya kazi wakati hizo barabara zinajengwa.”
Aisha Jumwa, CS, Public Service, Gender and Affirmative Action, continued, “For the first time in history, this road will be tarmacked and the people will benefit from a market that will be established later.
Additionally, the president has sent a strong warning to those who manufacture and traffic in illegal alcohol.