Plans are underway for the Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) to construct a three kilometre service lane and pedestrian walkways in Ongata Rongai town to ease human – vehicular conflicts.
This was revealed by KeNHA Nairobi region Engineer Grace Maathai during a stakeholder engagement exercise in Ongata Rongai town.
Maathai revealed that the construction of the service lanes is part of KeNHA’s routine work of maintaining the road which connects Bomas and Ongata Rongai to Kiserian town.
She warned residents against encroachment on road reserves and dumping litter in the wrong place.
Kajiado County Governor Joseph Ole Lenku noted that the county government will work with KeNHA to ensure the work is done smoothly.
Kajiado County Commissioner Felix Watakila assured residents that the construction work will be done during the day and not at night.
Kajiado North MP Onesimus Ngogoyo said the construction of service lanes will reduce traffic and the number of accidents in the area.
He urged KeNHA to give employ locals for the job since the work is done in the constituency.
In September 2018, KENHA demolished Soko Mjinga market at night, leading to protests in the town. The market was later put up and the traders returned to work.
During the stakeholders meeting, Soko Mjinga traders asked the government to purchase land along the road to relocate them. They resisted being relocated to Kware and Makaburini markets, arguing that such places aren’t attractive to customers and can’t accommodate all traders.
By Obegi Malack
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