Kisii County Government is embarking on an extensive road grading project, aiming to enhance and expand the road network to meet all-weather standards.
Governor Simba Arati, addressing the crowd at Gusii stadium, affirmed his administration’s commitment to utilizing available resources and collaborating with national government agencies to achieve this objective.
Arati emphasized the need for a unified effort in roads infrastructure development and mentioned their close working relationship with key entities such as the Kenya Urban Roads Authority (KURA), the Kenya National Highways Authority (KENHA), and the Kenya Rural Roads Authority (KERRA).
These partnerships would ensure a coordinated approach in implementing road improvement initiatives throughout the county.
Given the persistent rainfall, most of the county’s roads have deteriorated and require regular grading to maintain usability.
To minimize costs while ensuring quality work, the county will explore the possibility of leveraging the services of the Mechanical Transport Fund (MTF), the National Youth Service (NYS), and other agencies to access machinery and equipment necessary for road construction.
Addressing urban development concerns, Governor Arati acknowledged the challenges posed by waste management and proposed an inter-departmental strategy to combat the issue.
He stressed the importance of waste separation at the source, enabling efficient recycling practices within the county’s waste management program.
In an effort to bolster disaster preparedness and emergency response capabilities, Arati revealed ongoing collaborations with donors from the United Kingdom.
The county expects to receive four fire engines and accompanying gear, which will significantly enhance the county fire brigade and fully equip the Kisii Fire Station.
Furthermore, plans are underway to establish a new fire station in Ogembo Municipality, equipped with three fire engines.
This initiative aims to improve fire emergency services in the Gucha region, while additional satellite stations in other towns are being considered.