Nairobi News


Ongata Rongai buildings to be demolished for expansion of road

Hundreds of businesses and residential buildings will be demolished to pave way for the expansion of the road from Bomas of Kenya to Corner Baridi in Kajiado County.

This is after the Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) started mapping out the structures sitting on the road reserves in June.

Buildings that will fall include sections of the populous fruit market in Ongata Rongai town.

“We had issued notices in 2017 and our people have been doing it since June. Anything that lies on the road reserves will have to go,” KeNHA said on Thursday.

The state agency did not however disclose when the looming demolitions will be effected, fearing that those to be affected may move to court to halt the process.

The project, which will ease heavy traffic experienced at peak hours, will be funded through the annuity roads financing programme.

KeNHA is yet to issue the tender for the planned expansion, but added that it is a priority project in the current financial year.

Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development James Macharia, had indicated the project will be funded through annuity roads financing.

This is a performance-based maintenance contract that will hand the selected contractor up to 10 years for maintenance and repair.