As stipulated in the fourth schedule of the constitution of Kenya 2010, Turkana County Government (TCG) endeavours to construct, maintain and manage county road network.
Through the County Ministry of Infrastructure Transport and Public Works, TCG is currently undertaking road maintenance works (Bush clearing, grading, gravelling, dozer works & drifts construction). This is a continuation of the routine maintenance of sub-county and inter sub-county road projects whose implementation in the county started last year and financed by the Road Maintenance Levy Fund (RMLF), a grant from Kenya Roads Board (KRB).
The RMLF project implementation in the county is divided in three phases. The first phase that entailed 20 projects covering 1087KM were implemented from July last year.
The County Government is now implementing the second phase that includes 31 road projects. These projects were advertised in October last year after which awarding of the projects to successful contractors was done on 19th December 2018.
Handing over of projects in the 2nd phase to the awarded contractors began on 11th January this year and so far, 27 projects have successful been handed over to the contractors to begin work. Projects that are yet to be handed over are, routine maintenance of 32KM Lomelo-Nadome road, proposed construction of 50M Lomelo-Nadome drift 1, proposed construction of 50M Lomelo-Nadome drift 2 and the proposed construction of 60M Lokineimoe drift- all in Turkana East. The delay in handing over the projects is caused by insecurity in the area that has made it difficult for ministry team and contractors to visit the sites. Once security is restored, handing over of the projects will be done.
Speaking at a handing over exercise of the 54KM Dogoron-Loreng-Nganorkirionok-Nakitongo-Kaalae road in Turkana West, Chief Officer (CO) Infrastructure and Transport John Ariko Namoit asked contractors to liaise with area chiefs and ward administrators to organise for public barazas with community members for briefing and sensitization on the projects before any work began .This he said would familiarise the community with the contractors and prevent any interference from the community once the projects commence since there will be a mutual understanding on the ongoing projects.
Currently the ministry is conducting inspection of ongoing projects with Minister Benson Lokwang and CO Ariko Namoit spearheading the exercise. Ministry Engineers in charge are engineer Simon Nakucho, handling projects in three sub counties namely-Loima, Turkana West, Turkana North/Kibich and parts of Turkana Central while Engineer Amos Lokalale takes charge of projects in Turkana East, Turkana South and parts of Turkana Central sub-counties .
Minister Lokwang has asked all contractors to cordinate with Kenya Power and Lodwar Water and Sewages Company (LOWASCO) to be guided accordingly in order to avoid any interferences with water and power lines as they work on the roads.
CO Ariko has urged all contractors to ensure warning signs, including reflectors that will guide road users at night are strategically placed at the construction sites as a safety measure.
Among the ongoing projects is the routine maintenance of 54KM Dongoron-Loreng-Ngamorkirionok-Nakitongo-Kalae road that connects Kenya to Uganda. Once completed, the road will boost trade activities between the two counties and also improve security along the borders.
Another project is the routine maintenance of the 44KM Moru Anayece-Letea- Kakuma road. This road leads to Moru Anayece monument where the Ateker communities (Turkana of Kenya, Toposa of South Sudan, Nyang’atom of Ethiopia and Karamoja of Uganda) meet annually to celebrate their peaceful coexistence brought by their legend Nayece.
To support the tourism sector, the County Government is working on the 2.7 Lobolo-Longelech road that leads to Lake Turkana which is a tourist attraction site ,with Eliye springs at the lake side also being a destination target.
Apart from the ongoing 31 RMLF projects, Lokichar river protection works that was also advertised in October last year was successfully handed over to the awarded contractor on 15th January. Mobilisation of tools of works at the site is ongoing. This project is aimed at reducing risks and damages brought by the river whenever it flows.
Turkana County Government is determined to achieve a sustainable infrastructure in the near future for effective and efficient transport across the county.