Ruto unveils construction of road linking Kenya and Tanzania
Kenyan President William Ruto has launched the construction of the Mtwapa-Kwa Kadzengo-Kilifi (A7) road which will link Kenya and Tanzania.
The road is part of the 7.5 billion shillings ($61.4 million) Malindi-Lunga Lunga/Horohoro-Tanga-Bagamoyo multinational coastal road corridor in East Africa.
Ruto promised to put more emphasis on infrastructure development to boost the connectivity, trade and tourism sectors 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 link the East African Community in terms of integration, jobs , enterprise and poverty eradication,” said the Kenyan head of state.
He was speaking in Mtwapa, Mombasa where the first phase of the construction of the 40 km road was launched.
The head of state has ordered the country’s Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure and the Kenya National Highways Authority to revamp Mtwapa.
Business between Kenya and Tanzania is expected to increase after the commissioning of the project. The road will be completed within 36 months.
The corridor is being constructed through a grant from the African Development Bank (AfDB) in partnership with the African Development Fund, the EU-Africa Infrastructure Trust Fund grant and the Kenyan government.
“I thank our partners and promise to ensure that resources are used properly and that no one abuses the funds in our hands to develop infrastructure,” President Ruto added.
AfDB Representative Hussein Iman said the road is a crucial project linking Kenya and Tanzania and will facilitate trade, accessibility and cross-border movement.
European Union Ambassador to Kenya Henriatte Geiger said roads are important for growth.
“This is an important project that will boost connectivity,” she said.
Kilifi Governor Gideon Mung’aro said the road would also boost tourism.
“Tourists were stuck along this road due to traffic jams. Mtwapa town needed a facelift and the expansion of this road will boost trade in this area. We want Mtwapa to be a business hub that will work for 24 hours,” Mung’aro said.
Blue Economy Cabinet Secretary Salim Mvurya said the road will boost trade between Kenya and Tanzania.