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CAMPAIGN AGAINST GOVERNMENT REINTRODUCTION OF TOLL ROADS.

(Association broadcast)

Kenya National Highway Authority (KENHA)’s furtive attempts at privatisingKenya’s mainly international trunk roads is now a poignant reality. Road tolling (Pay & Use) is to be introduced on 4 already built major public highways for a total period of 80 years. Thika Superhighway 40Km, lease: 10 years, Southern Bypass 29Km, lease: 10 years, Mombasa-Nairobi highway 466Km, lease: 30 years. NBI (Rironi) - Nakuru- Mau Summit section 184Km, lease: 30years and second Nyali Bridge 2Km Mombasa, projected to cost 2 Billion. The amount required for the 5 roads 721Km is estimated at 307Billion. These roads will be managed at Ksh5/Km for 90 years. A brief look at the amounts involved is truly mind boggling:721Kilometres Total Toll roads x a toll charge of Ksh5x 1Kilometre= Ksh 3605 (one way) x 2 = Ksh 7210 (two way).

A motorist who does the 721 km circuit daily will pay Ksh 7210 x 1(1day) x 7(a week) x 4(a month)x 12(a year) x 90years = Ksh 218,030,400 

It is conservatively estimated that a total of 290,000 matatus, Lorries, cars, buses, pickups cover the 721 to be tolled kilometres one way. Therefore the same number doing a return journey would net our Public-private partners 290000 vehicles x 2 (two way) x Ksh 218, 030,400= More than Ksh 126 trillion. Divide this with the 307 billion 90year lease: 126000000000000/307000000000= 411.91411074918566775244299674267.Approximately 400% profit for our necessary partners!Thika road, for example, at aKsh 5 /km charge x 40km x 100000 vehicles per day x 2(round trip) x30x12x10years lease will be 14.4trillion.A trucker ferrying a container from the port of Mombasa to Mau summit via the Southern Bypass and back would pay, 466+29+184x5x2= Ksh6790, A NBI MSA bus/private motorist will pay 466kms x2x5=Kshs4660 

The government hopes to unlock Ksh 380 Billion annually x 90 years and get a total of Ksh 34.2Trillion for the development of new roads. 

As indicated in our recent press conference, MAK is totally opposed to Toll roads. Toll Roads were abolished in the 1980’s and replaced with Road Maintenance Fuel levy Fund at Ksh 18 paid upfront at the pump. Needless to say, a litre of petrol is charged Ksh 42 in taxes. The introduction of Toll Roads can only aggravate the pain of the already overburdened multiple taxpaying motorists.These roads, like others, were built with taxes and loans.This 18th-centurypractice of Tolling roads (Turnpikes) then was Build Operate and Transfer (BOT). The concessions were given to private investors with the objective of constructing urgently required roads and bridges where there were none and when governments could not meet the expense. This cannot be the case in Kenya where roads are already constructed. The practice has progressively become so unpopular that countries the world over are seeking more viable alternatives. For instance, the only Toll road in England is M16. Kenya can only be driving the wrong way in the wrong manner by privatising roads. A further extension to the existing road network and maintenance of the same can be easily and systematically be realised through the diligent collection of taxes from motorists, not knotty Public Private Partnerships PPPs deals. The excuse that the targeted roads will not be subjected to RMLF is just that, an excuse.

Toll roads, as currently constituted and intended, are discriminative and an impediment to freedom of movement, constitutional rights.

 Quick action is imperative since the Ministry of Roads & Infrastructure’ s meeting atSafari Park on 16th /17th November 2016  ratified toll roads and only swift decisive  act can reverse this.

 Acquire the yellow Ribbon and a NO TOLL ROADS Sticker for Ksh 100  (Till 992288) in support of our NO TOLL ROADS campaign. The money you contribute will support Court action, Picketing, peaceful protests, Stakeholder forums/Press Conferences (already did one, Saturday 13th November 2016, San Valencia, Anniversary Towers, NBI) petitions and extensive lobbying .Your transaction details will be required to get your Sticker and Yellow Ribbon.

The yellow Ribbon and NO TOLL ROADS MAK Sticker are available at SPINNERS WEB Westlands and other designated places country wide. Display them conspicuously on your vehicle as a loud proclamation of your PROTEST! UNITED WE STAND

 

MAK Office Communique 

 

NO TOLL ROADS REASONS IN A NUTSHELL

Toll Roads are Public built

 

Toll roads are Fuel Levy  

 

Toll roads are Double Taxation

 

Toll roads are Discriminative

 

Toll roads are an impediment to freedom of movement

 

Toll roads are Regressive.

 

Toll roads by means of Private Public Partnerships are Corrupt

 

Toll roads Not public Roads

 

Toll Road? SGR is Mombasa-Nairobi Dual Road

 

Toll Road Not Naivasha-Nakuru; Dual with tax money.

 

Our Contacts

Motorists Association of Kenya

P.O BOX 8120-00200

Tel: 0723 779950

Email: info@motoristassociationofkenya.com

Web: www.motoristassociationofkenya.com

 

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