REHABILITATION WORK

City Hall to spend Sh415 million on roads

Grant by Kenya Roads Board is for upgrading and maintenance of city roads

In Summary

•Nairobi has 3,600km road network, 50 per cent tarmacked, 20 per cent graveled the remaining 30 per cent are earth roads

•Funds were to be released in the last financial year but the delay was due to non-compliance by the county government with grant requirements

City Hall Building that houses the headquarters of the Nairobi City County.
City Hall Building that houses the headquarters of the Nairobi City County.
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Roads in Nairobi will be rehabilitated after Kenya Roads Board gave a grant of Sh415 million to the county government.

The funds were to be released in the last financial year but the delay was due to non-compliance by the county government with grant requirements.

The County Allocation of Revenue Act 2018 and the Public Finance Management Act 2012 mandates the board to release funds to counties yearly as conditional grants.

 

In a letter dated November 15 addressed to Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko, KRB executive director Jacob Ruwa says the funds will be accounted for in accordance with the KRB Act.

"You are required to apply the funds in line with the approved FY 2018-2019 work plan submitted to the board," Ruwa says.

Sonko said the funds will be utilized for maintenance and construction of feeder roads in the wards.

He said his administration will continue collaborating with national government agencies to ensure successful upgrade of city roads.

Last year in December, it was highlighted in the Annual Public Roads Programme  for financial year 2018-2019 that the national government required Sh1.5 billion to rehabilitate and upgrade 609.79km of roads in the city.

A report from the Nairobi county assembly Transport committee says the city has a road network of 3,600km. Out of this, only 50 per cent are tarmacked, 20 per cent graveled while the remaining 30 per cent are earth roads.