It’s in no doubt that Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) is out to change the face of Kibra for good as Badi-led team commenced the construction of new tarmac roads in Kibra in a bid to improve accessibility in the second largest informal settlement in Africa.
The construction of 28km roads in Kibra is part of a Sh5.8 billion plan aimed at upgrading 444km access roads across slums in Nairobi County that will last only one year. This will open the areas for more development and business.
“One year from now, all access roads within the informal settlements will be tarmacked and I call upon residents to cooperate with the contractors.” NMS Boss Mr Badi Said.
The 444km access roads will cover Kawangware, Riruta, parts of Dagoretti North, Mathare, Kangemi, Mukuru, Kibera, parts of Githurai 44 and 45, Mwiki and Zimmermann, with access roads in the areas upgraded to bitumen standards.
The Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) has commenced the construction of new tarmac roads in Kibera in a bid to improve accessibility in the informal settlement. The first phase of this project will be the construction of the Corner Club, Mama Okinda Road to Southern Bypass.
According to Director-general Mr Mohamed Badi the new 28km roads will connect Kibra to Lang’ata, Southern Bypass and neighbouring roads.
“This project in Kibera will also involve three other major developments including installation of water pipes, water sewer lines and electricity. We will kick it off here in Sarang’ombe before going to other wards,” said Badi.
The NMS boss told owners of houses and structures built on land meant for construction of the access roads to voluntarily demolish them.
“I am calling upon the owners of the houses to demolish their structures themselves because no one will be spared. No biasness will be applied whether the house is built using stones, mud or iron sheets. I therefore plead with the owners to cooperate and move with speed and demolish the houses,” he said.
NMS will use local labour for the road project with Kibra residents the main beneficiaries.
“We are calling upon the youths to take part in this project which will benefit generations to come,” said an NMS officer.
Kibra MP Imran Okoth thanked NMS, national government and KURA for heeding his request to improve the road network in Kibra.
“I take this opportunity to sincerely thank both Nairobi Metropolitan Service boss Major-Gen. Badi, Roads CS Mr. James Macharia and KURA DG Mr. Silas Kinoti for honoring my request to improve the roads network in my constituency.” He said in a statement.