Principal Secretary Transport and Infrastructure, Mwangi Maringa Friday (6th May) launched the construction of the Wikililye-Katulani-Kavisuni-Kanyangi-Wote road at Katulani in Kitui Central. The 86 KM road worth 2.2B will connect Kitui County and Makueni County.
Maringa revealed that during the construction they will employ locals from where the road will pass to provide a source of employment. He affirmed that there will be increased job opportunities for the people of Makueni and Kitui as it will open up the interior places of the two counties.
“Kitui products are all over the country and the Jubilee government has ensured that it opens up the interior as seen in Kibwezi-Kitui road and now this road and we are also planning to extend the road to connect to Tharaka Nithi county and Moyale. In Kitui this Jubilee government has constructed 277 KM of roads completed worth 17B and the continuing roads are 6.4B and we are planning more than 390 KM worth 27 billion,” The PS revealed.
Governor Ngilu who was present during the launch thanked the National Government for hearing their plea after the Governor requested the construction of the road when he met President Uhuru during the opening of Our lady of Protection Shrine Museve in 2021.
“Today is our day to thank the Jubilee government for delivering our promise and giving us this road because we have been grading this road now and then but now it will be tarmacked. When I was coming to you PS, I was crying for my people of Kitui for this road to Wote and this is an indication that you had good plans for us and that’s why we say we need a Government that will be able to link the county Government with the National Government for development to our local people,” she stated.
Ngilu also requested the contractor who will be constructing the road to consider the local people and give them jobs, especially the youth and the women.
“Let them employ our young people and women for manual work that will be done here instead of going to look for other people somewhere else and also the materials used to be bought from our local business people. Here there will be a lot of job opportunities for people because those who will be working here will need food and other services thus it will create a lot of job opportunities,” Ngilu added. P
Maringa promised that they will give jobs to the local people based on one woman and one man and called upon the residents to have a good relationship with the contractor for the smooth implementation of the project.