End fixation with road construction
By Onyiego Felix
| Sep 24th 2016 | 1 min read
Perhaps it is time that a moratorium was placed on the use
of public funds on construction of roads. Much as roads are an important
infrastructure in the economic development of the country, we cannot keep tying
down most funds on roads only.
The other significant areas of development such as
education, health and water supply also need to be looked at. Provision of
clean drinking water is important to elevating this country into a middle
income status by 2030.
Take for example the allocation of funds from the Treasury,
to the Infrastructure Ministry for road construction.
There is also allocation from the National Constituency
Development Fund whose Patron is an MP which prioritizes the construction and
repair of rural roads!
In the Kisii region where I come from, tea farmers are even
levied a fee by the Kenya Tea Development Authority for the repair of roads!
There is simply too much allocation of funds for construction of roads.
These allocations create room for the mis-appropriation of
funds. Let the county and national governments and CDF funds go to other
projects as well.
Kenya, at this stage in its development, needs a reliable,
sustainable and clean water system so the country can move to the next level of
the envisioned Vision 2030.
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