The first phase of the Standard Gauge Railway(SGR) between Nairobi and Mombasa will be complete in June next year. The president pushed the contractors hard to ensure they finished many months ahead of the initial schedule.
It is clear he intends to use its successful completion for the campaigns.
Now, eyes are already been set on the 2022 elections. Major projects are been given a completion timeline of 5 years or less, to ensure the next regime does not ‘steal’ credit. After the SGR, the next mega project in Kenya is expected to be the Mombasa – Nairobi superhighway.
Plans have already been unveiled to turn the two lane highway into a 6-lane superhighway.
According to Transport and Infrastructure CS James Macharia, the road would begin with a 12-lane highway on Mombasa island before narrowing into a six-lane highway to Nairobi.
The 485 kilometre road moves 50% of all goods traded in East Africa.
Several corporations have expressed interest in financing and building the highway, and KeNHA director-general Peter Mundinia has revealed that the government plans to complete the entire stretch by 2022.
President Uhuru has held the SGR dear to his heart, and it is possible that he may do the same with this superhighway if elected next year.
Kenya is not exactly famous for ease and speed of doing business and that’s why many people are skeptical of the 2022 completion date.
Besides this project, the government plans to turn the 157km Nairobi-Nakuru highway into a dual carriage.
If Uhuru can complete the SGR, Mombasa-Nairobi Superhighway and the Nairobi-Nakuru dual carriage within two terms, I don’t think it would be a stretch to call him the best President Kenya has ever had.
What do you think about this superhighway? Is it doable in 5 years?