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Lamu leaders appeal for funds to rehabilitate Gamba-Witu road

Lamu leaders appeal for funds to rehabilitate Gamba-Witu road

Lamu,

Tuesday, May 14 2024

KNA by Amenya Ochieng

Lamu leaders have called on the National government to release funds for rehabilitation of some sections of Gamba- Witu road destroyed by floods.

Lamu Senator, Joseph Githuku, expressed concern that the destroyed sections will impact negatively on Lamu economy, if action is not taken and promptly rehabilitate the damaged sections. He made the remarks during a closed door talks with the Cabinet Secretary (CS) for Transport and Roads, Kipchumba Murkomen. He was accompanied by Lamu Women Representative, Muthoni Marubu.

Githuku at the same time stated that with the recent docking of the Ethiopian commercial vessel, MV Abby, at the Lamu Port, the National government through the Transport Ministry, needs to act fast in a bid to ensure the viability of the LAPSSET corridor.

“We expect action to be taken promptly to avert disaster as a result of the usage of the road,” he stated, adding that the fortunes of the Lamu Port, hinge on good road network, of which some sections have already been washed by recent floods.

Sections of the Lamu- Garsen road have been rendered impassable after the Tana River burst its banks and submerged the sections, paralyzing transport activities.

Lamu Women Representative, Monica Marubu, also implored on the National Government, to expedite the repair of the Lamu-Witu road.

Transport Cabinet Secretary (CS), Kipchumba Murkomen, together with Lamu leaders and top roads officials are expected in Lamu tomorrow, to evaluate and provide an assessment over the road works needed along the Lamu-Witu-Garsen Highway.

Efforts are also likely to step-up, in a bid to ensure the road works are expedited following the offloading of 60,000 metric tonnes fertilizer, expected to be transported through the Northern corridor.

Three days ago the Kenya National Highways Authority issued an advisory against usage of the road, following heavy flooding that led to certain parts being washed away.

Speaking separately over the road repair works needed, Lamu Governor, Issa Timamy, stated that plans were underway to ensure that road repair works, are carried out promptly, especially with the arrival of 60,000 metric tonnes of Ethiopian fertilizer that is expected to be transported through the route.

Governor Timamy further highlighted the urgent need for government’s intervention to restore essential road connectivity, vital for the economic prosperity of the region and the operational success of the Lamu Port within the broader LAPSSET initiative.

Courtesy; KNA

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