Tuesday, November 15, 2016 

Kenya set on road tolls

MAINTENANCE COSTS: The Thika Superhighway is one of first on the list.

NAIROBI, KENYA - The government has alerted motorists that road tolls are to be introduced  along several major highways inthe near future.

The Nairobi-Mombasa highway, the Nairobi-Nakuru-Mau Summit highway, Thika Road, the Southern Bypass and the second Nyali Bridge  are first on the list.

However no rates have been announced and the issue is due for public debate. Road tolls help the governments to recoup the cost of road construction and maintenance.

The Kenya National Highways Authority (KenHA) is overseeing the process of tendering for the toll concessions. According to the government it cost near $40 billion to look after and manage Kenya’s major roads.

“Even if we think of going to development partners, there is a limit to how much we can borrow,” Peter Mundinia, the KenHA said last week. 

By John Sambo, Tuesday, November 15th, 2016