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A BIG NO TO ROAD TOLLING

Kenya National Highway Authority intention to reintroduce toll road is not only unacceptable but absurd. The idea of Toll roads was viable in Europe on the justification to build roads and bridges where there were none. Build Operate and Transfer was the spirit.  In Kenya we do things differently; there are already built roads and she has the capacity to build more. Yet the scheme to privatise some public roads seems to finally emerge. Privateers will, after the Safari Park PPP meeting revert our tax constructed highways to private property- for 30 years. This notwithstanding past bizarre experiences where public roads were illegally shut. 

The collusion to privatise public roads and road reserves are aimed at creating the mega business to well-connected merchants at the expense of the subservient Kenyan populace. Charging roads that are already built using public money is tantamount to robbing or snatching public utilities. The constitution advocates for freedom of movement and privatisation will curtail that right. There is no urgency in dualising Mombasa-Nairobi Road since most of the trucks are to be replaced by SGR waggons. From Nairobi to Naivasha congestion is not dire to require the urgent upgrade. From Nairobi towards Limuru, there are other alternatives which ease the Traffic that is Limuru Road, Uthiru Rironi and Southern Bypass. From Rironi the channels again are two that is Rironi Kinungi and Rironi Mai Mahiu. The section that urgently needs a dual road is Naivasha – Nakuru- and Nakuru – Mau Summit. This can be done in sections by normal tax payer’s money instead of giving out the only remaining public utilities to road merchants. The idea of building the better road for the well-healed minority is discriminatory and segregationist. As an association with membership with a deep interest in this issue, MAK wishes to demand that the government stops the unpopular retrogressive idea or do at own peril. Putting toll booths on already complete roads is a big no and motorists will never allow that to happen. The Road Maintenance Levy Fund which was doubled from Ksh 9 to Ks18 is sufficient to ensure all roads are in good condition. The arguments given by Principal Secretary during the Norfolk Hotel Stakeholders meeting organised by KENHA are not convincing.  Thus the excuse to charge a toll to maintain already built roads is unsellable.

The government must stop taking Kenyans for granted. 

Signed

Felix Wekesa- 

Communications Officer

Motorist Association of Kenya

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