In line with the third pillar of his manifesto on Infrastructure Development and to ensure an efficient transportation system into and out of Nyandarua, His Excellency Governor Francis Kimemia has today unveiled five construction units under a five-ward cluster, each with a holding yard, backed by a modern and real-time fleet management and control system deployed to ensure accountability and value for money.
At KShs. 500 million, the County’s Rural Roads Construction Programme is one of the biggest single investments by a devolved unit since 2013 and will result in transformation of all roads in Nyandarua to motorable standards within the next three years.
Each Cluster Unit has an excavator, a grader,compactor, three trucks, a service van and fuel bowser.
Each of the cluster machines is capable of doing one kilometer per day, resulting into 20-25 kilometers per month, translating to 100-125 kilometers across the five clusters.
For the first time in recorded history, Nyandarua can achieve 800–1,000 kilometers of all-weather roads per year.
“For those who doubted our resolve to embark on this journey of transformative hope, today is your answer,” the Governor told cheerful residents and several leaders during a thanksgiving and dedication ceremony at the Ol’Kalou Stadium, aired across various mainstream and social media platforms.
Governor Kimemia said roads to be constructed have been identified through consultations with, among other stakeholders, area Members of the County Assembly and Ward Administrators.
And while the County Government will hire operators from within Nyandarua, Governor Kimemia announced that experienced operators from the National Government and other State organs will be engaged during this transition to train local staff on the new machinery and to certify local operators.
Materials will be sourced from the nearest approved quarry.
75 quarries have already been approved and the process of testing materials from other quarries is ongoing.
Thanking residents for their support, Governor Kimemia assured that his administration will honor the private sector’s share of roads to be constructed by external actors.
“For a start, there is need for an extra 15 trucks, which will be hired from local contractors,” he said.
The machinery have been bought through funds won by the County Government under the Kenya Devolution Support Programme (KDSP), which is a Government of Kenya Program for Results (PforR) supported by the World Bank for strengthening the capacity of counties to manage resources and improve service delivery.
Under the program, Nyandarua has focused on enhancing existing County systems and financing for capacity building, thereby reinforcing His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta’s own program and system strengthening initiatives.
In the first assessment conducted in July 2017, Nyandarua emerged seventh in the overall assessment for all the 47 counties and second among the 13 counties that qualified for Level 2 funding with a score of 56 per cent.
In the 2018 assessment, the County was ranked first in the overall assessment with a score of 87 per cent.
Following last year’s assessment, Nyandarua is, once again, tops.
Nyandarua qualified for Level 2 funding as a result of 2017 and 2018 assessments and has consequently been allocated KShs. 282.6 million and KShs. 254 million respectively.
“We can all anticipate that the impact of the projects that have benefited from the KDSP funds will ultimately be large across our County,” said the County head.
Earlier, the Governor, Her Excellency Deputy Governor Cecilia Mbuthia and Her Excellency the First Lady (Amb.) Ann Kimemia visited Ms. Charity Wairimu, who was sexually assaulted in Tharaka South Sub-County, Tharaka Nithi County, on May 17th, 2020.