Commissioning of Garseni – Witu – Lamu Road by H.E Hon. Uhuru Kenyatta
More than 50 years down the line, Lamu County has been yearning for good tarmac road that would ease movement in the area. Three years ago, the government rolled out a plan to tarmac 10,000kms of road across the country where Lamu was one of the identified area for the rehabilitation and upgrading. The road will start at Garsen, in Tana River County, pursuing a general easterly direction through Witu to end at Mokowe in Lamu County. A total distance of about 122 kilometers. The project is financed by the national government and will undergo a radical facelift from the current poor murram road to class II bitumen surface with shoulders, culverts and drainage channels. The paved section which runs from Gamba to Minjila area will also be renovated .
The 10.8 billion shillings project is expected to start immediately after the commissioning that was done by H.E president Uhuru Kenyatta. Lamu can see a green light towards vision 2030 with the upcoming new roads, LAPSET and the Coal Fire plant that is yet to kick off after the legal procedures. H.E President Uhuru Kenyatta during commissioning, said The project is expected to open up Lamu County and its environs as well as promote security buoyed by easy access and improved logistics. He also said that, his government is aiming at ending marginalization and restore the vision of equality to all neglected counties and that the road would open up expansive trade and job opportunities to the residents. Aside the road agenda, Kenyatta added that his government has allocated 10Million Shillings for school infrastructure after a concern raised by H.E governor Timamy, their being a need for Witu secondary to be fenced due to world animals that invaded the school severally. He added that through his ministry, the government will offer water and relief food to the affected.
The president also mentioned on to improve health facility, where 100 million shillings had been allocated by the national government to upgrade the King Fahad hospital. Witu, Faza and Mpeketoni are among other sub county Hospitals in Lamu County. In the same event, the Lamu County Governor, H.E. Issa Timamy urged the government to to release the night fishing burn that was introduced in 2010 which has caused a big lose in the industry.
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