13 new roads to improve security in North Rift
The government, through Kenya Rural Roads Authority (KeRRA), has embarked on the construction of roads that will connect Baringo and Elgeyo Marakwet counties in the Kerio Valley Belt to improve security and boost trade in the region.
Roads and Transport Cabinet Secretary Kipchumba Murkomen flagged off the construction of the roads on Tuesday at Kipnai Location, Tiaty West sub-county in Baringo.
“My contribution to peace in the North Rift region is constructing 13 security roads together with small bridges to ensure people live in harmony. In addition, we are sourcing funds to construct major roads in Baringo North so that the government security agencies will be able to deal with the insecurity issues in the area,” Murkomen said.
The CS lauded the efforts of the local leaders for putting their differences aside and uniting to promote development.
“We will also open up markets in the region to boost trade and promote development activities,” Murkomen added.
Baringo Governor Benjamin Cheboi thanked the CS for flagging off the roads, adding that it will enable residents to engage in meaningful development activities instead of cattle theft.
“I want to request the government to construct of roads on the Baringo side of Kapedo-Kapau-Kongor-Roti-Sugut to Ngorot Centre that will connect to Silale and later to Samburu County. The construction of this road will end insecurity in the region,” Cheboi said.
Area MP William Kamket said residents were excited about the construction of the new roads as they would go a long way in boosting development and restoring lasting peace in the banditry-prone region.
Other local leaders present were Baringo Senator William Cheptumo, Baringo North MP Joseph Makilap, Woman Representative Florence Jematia and several MCAs.