By Sylvester Ruto
The government has assured Mombasa residents that MV Harambee ferry has been fully refurbished, giving it an extended lease of life of another 10 years.
The MV Harambee which was re-launched on Saturday by the Kenya Ferry Services, has been operational for the past 26 years, ferrying on average 5,800 vehicles and 300,000 pedestrians daily.
Statehouse spokesperson, Manoah Esipisu, says it is anticipated that a refurbished MV Harambee will improve efficiency and significantly reduce queues at the port and ensure service delivery to more Kenyans.
” It is anticipated that a refurbished MV Harambee will improve efficiency and significantly reduce queues at the port and ensure service delivery to more Kenyans.” He said.
Manoah added that the MV Nyayo, which is undergoing renovations and maintenance, is expected to resume operations in a month.
Meanwhile, President Uhuru Kenyatta will on Tuesday embark on tour of the Lower Eastern region where he will launch a number of development projects.
Manoah said roads to be launched in Ukambani include the Kibwezi – Mutomo- Usweini linking Tseikuru which is Wiper Leader Kalonzo Musyoka’s backyard.
He will make several stops along this road, which traverses three counties, to speak directly to residents and local leaders, listening to their needs and concerns.Last week, President Kenyatta toured parts of Central Kenya alongside his Deputy William Ruto where he launched and inspected several development projects.
The president visited the counties of Nyeri, Laikipia, Kirinyaga and Murang’a in a whirlwind 48-hour tour ending on Tuesday.
During his visit, President Kenyatta assured aspirants that the Jubilee Party will not impose any candidate during party primaries while assuring them that nominations will be free and fair.
Esipisu has also confirmed that the first phase of the Jubilee flagship project – the Mombasa to Nairobi stretch of the Standard Gauge Railway is 98 percent complete.
He said that trial movement along the SGR will begin as soon as the contractors report 100 per cent completion.
The progress means that the date projected for the first passenger train to run on the SGR, will be 1st June 2017.
Esipisu noted that the SGR has led to the direct employment of more than 40,000 youths and dozens of thousands more engaged with sub-contractors and suppliers.