Ganze constituents in Kilifi County are celebrating the first tarmacked road following completion of the 45 km Mariakani-Bamba road at a cost of Sh.2.2 billion.
The remote town of Bamba is immortalized by the song ‘Safari ya Bamba ni machero’ which bemoaned the hitherto desolate condition of the road.
Residents said the song composed in the 70s showed how difficult it was to travel outside Bamba because of the pathetic state of the road.
Excited residents interviewed said that a tarmac road that they never thought they would see in their lifetime was finally realised.
A community leader Emmanuel Nzai said the newly tarmacked road will greatly improve economic activities and fortunes of the residents.
He said traveling between Bamba and Mariakani township along the Mombasa-Nairobi highway would be a lot easier due to the motorable condition of the only tarmac road.
A lorry driver Ali Ross said the time used in traveling between Bamba and Mariakani have now become short due to the improved status of the road.
Kilifi County Regional Manager at Kenya Rural Roads Authority (KeRRA) Eng. Benson Masila noted that a sound road infrastructure plays a vital role in the economy.
He said the Bamba-Mariakani road and the tarmacking of the six km Kilifi-Kiwandani and 1.5 km of SGR access road will help improve connectivity and reduce travel time in the region.
He identified other ongoing low volume seal road projects as the 36 km Marikebuni-Marafa road and the 117 km Malindi-Sala gate road at a total cost of Sh. 5.6 billion.
“The construction of the Malindi-Sala gate road project at a cost of Sh.4.1 billion is key to the revival of tourism in Kilifi,” he added.
Eng. Masila said the ongoing infrastructure upgrade in Kilifi is part of the national government’s plan of tarmacking 10,000 km of road to offer transport solution across the country.