Kenya President Launches Construction of Kenya-Tanzania Road Link
The Mtwapa-Kwa Kadzengo-Kilifi road is part of transnational road linking Malindi in Kenya to Bagamoyo in Tanzania.
Kenyan President William Ruto has broken ground for construction of the Mtwapa-Kwa Kadzengo-Kilifi road in Kilifi County, which is part of the 454-kilometre Malindi-Lunga Lunga-Tanga-Bagamoyo East African Coastal Road Corridor connecting Kenya and Tanzania.
The multinational Malindi-Lunga Lunga/Horohoro-Tanga-Bagamoyo East African coastal road corridor project is estimated to cost US$61.4 million.
Speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony, President Ruto said infrastructure developments within the country were critical, particularly those that will help boost connectivity, trade, and tourism within the East African Community.
“This is an important road linking Kenya and Tanzania. It will boost trade and economies between the two countries. It will connect the East African Community in terms of integration, jobs, and businesses and eradicate poverty,” he said.
We are deliberately constructing, expanding and upgrading our road network so that we can enhance regional integration, stimulate cross-border trade and open up access to economic opportunities for the millions of Kenyans. Good roads means progress. pic.twitter.com/cvkkjrWxFy— William Samoei Ruto, PhD (@WilliamsRuto) November 19, 2022
The groundbreaking ceremony was held in Mtwapa, Mombasa, where the first phase of the 40-kilometre road project was launched. He further instructed the country’s Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure and the Kenya National Highways Authority to help build the infrastructure of Mtwapa.
The project is expected to be commissioned in 36 months, and on completion is set to boost business between Kenya and Tanzania.
Funding will be provided through a grant by the African Development Bank (AfDB) in partnership with African Development Fund, EU-African Infrastructure Trust Fund Grant, and the Kenyan government.
“I thank our partners, and I promise to ensure the resources are utilized properly, and nobody is going to abuse the funds in our hands to develop infrastructure,” said President Ruto.
Gideon Mung’aro, Governor of Kilifi County, also spoke of the role of the new project in boosting tourism in the region. “Tourists used to get stuck along this road due to traffic jams. Mtwapa town needed a face-lift, and expansion of this road will boost trade in this area. We want Mtwapa to be a business hub to operate for 24 hours,” said Mung’aro.
Speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony, Hussein Iman, AfDB representative, and Henriette Geiger, European Union Ambassador to Kenya also reiterated the benefits of the road project in facilitating trade, accessibility, and cross-border movement.
Top Photo: President Ruto operating an excavator during the groundbreaking ceremony for the Mtwapa-Kwa Kadzengo-Kilifi road project (@A_S_nassir Twitter Handle | Abdulswamad Sheriff Nassir, Governor of Mombasa County)