Ethiopia-Kenya highway link road to be completed next year
The tarmacking of the main road linking Kenya with Ethiopia is expected to be completed by end of next year, official said.
Marsabit Governor Ukur Yattani said the 505-kilometre Isiolo-Marsabit-Moyale road was 60 per cent complete and that work was continuing well.
“Construction is ongoing. By the end of next year, we will have connected Addis Ababa to Nairobi on tarmac road, a thing that will change the economy of this place,” Mr Yattani, whose county is the largest and occupies 15 per cent of Kenya’s landmass, said.
The road is expected to cost $517 million (Sh46 billion) and is funded by the African Development Bank, the European Union and the Kenya Government.
“Petrol stations will come up. We also have lodges, cottages, banks and other institutions. The road will be a game changer,” Mr Yattani told journalists at his office.
Mr Yattani said: “Our worry now would be how to control the influx of people.”
“We will open ourselves to competition. We encourage it. People should come and create jobs to our people,” Mr Yattani said.
Separately, Laisamis MP Joseph Lekuton told the Press he was happy with the road construction progress.
“The contractor has done a great part. We are hopeful it will be completed on time. We need it like yesterday,” Mr Lekuton said by phone.
Source: Africa Review