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Governor Sakaja seals deal with roads authority to ease Nairobi traffic

By Kevin Cheruiyot September 20th, 2022 2 min read

Nairobi County Government, in collaboration with the Kenya Urban Roads Authority (Kura), will expand the use of technology to better manage traffic, including identifying and fining offenders.

This was agreed after Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja hosted Kura Director General Eng Silas Kinoti to discuss ways in which they can enhance partnership to deliver more and better roads for city residents.

Eng Kinoti briefed Governor Sakaja on the various projects Kura is undertaking in the city, among them construction of an intelligent transport management command centre on Mombasa Road near City Cabanas. The project is funded by the South Korean Government to a tune of Sh16 billion.

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Governor Sakaja said that one of the key pillars of his administration is to bring order to the county.

“We want to deploy smart technology to ensure order in our transport sector. It makes no sense to have working traffic lights yet the movement of vehicles are still manually controlled,” Sakaja said.

Nairobi governor Johnson Sakaja greets members of the public on the streets of Nairobi. PHOTO | COURTESY

Mr Kinoti expressed concern about vandalism and theft of road infrastructure and called for better enforcement by the police.

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“Vandalism is one of the biggest challenges to road furniture and we need a team that comprises the police, the county government, Kura and other stakeholders to deal with this,” Kinoti said.

Governor Sakaja said he will convene a multi-sectoral meeting to seeks ways of having various government agencies working together to deal with challenges in the transport sector.

Traffic remains the biggest challenge that is facing the county government and the national government. The construction of the Nairobi Expressway has not reduced the traffic, but has given motorists an alternative way to escape from the daily traffic jam.

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