One of Kenya’s biggest infrastructure project, Nairobi Express is set to be completion by march next year. The announcement was made by Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta while inspecting the program to assess its progress where he defended Kenya’s relationship with China describing it as “mutual benefit.”
Presiding over the last girders of Kenya’s first toll road president Kenyatta announced that construction work is now 93% complete and praised contractors- China Road and Bridge Corporation for what he described as speedy work. Kenyatta added that once completed, “the road will reduce the gridlock that people have experienced and which added to the cost of doing business in the country.”
He also thanked China for supporting construction of the Nairobi Expressway, as well as other major infrastructure projects in Kenya and and the continent. “A lot of people have told us that our relationship with China is not beneficial. To them we say come, let them see a project like this. Let them see the project we have in Lamu; let them see the one we have to reduce the cost of petroleum in Kilindini and the various projects we have done to ease the life of Kenyans.”
President Kenyatta emphasised that Kenya’s relationship with China is mutually beneficial; “Our partnership with China is one that is mutually beneficial that is based on win-win and we are very grateful to the Chinese government, to the Chinese people for the support that they continue to render not only to our country but to the rest of Africa.”
China Road and Bridge Corporation is funding the highway, with the project’s contract value pegged at $668 million. On completion, the road will stretch 27km across Nairobi, and it is meant to ease traffic flows in and out of the city centre.