The National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich has said that various measures are being explored on how to manage the heavy traffic that congests and slows down movement of goods and services within the country. The CS said there is for a paradigm shift on when people should report to their places of work from the the old order where everyone officially starts and leaves their work at the same time.

The National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich has said that various measures are being explored on how to manage the heavy traffic that congests and slows down movement of goods and services within the country. The CS said there is for a paradigm shift on when people should report to their places of work from the the old order where everyone officially starts and leaves their work at the same time.

Mr Rotich was responding to various comments and issues that were raised at Radisson Blu Hotel in Upper Hill during the Kenya urbanisation review forum organised by the World Bank. He said that heavy traffic jams works against gains made in other areas of improving people’s lifestyles therefore negatively affecting the economic growth of our country.

Another way of addressing urban transport challenges, he said, includes building mass transport system, building of social amenities and schools in all the suburbs to avoid children traversing from one area to the next while passing through the major towns when going to school.

The CS said in order for the country to spur strong economic growth there is need to pay utmost attention to numerous challenges that impede appropriate coordination between all the stakeholders.  He said that the government will set aside some money that will go directly to transport and infrastructure for every county to minimize congestion and improve people’s welfare.

Mr Rotich said that the Government, through public private partnerships, is working with Shelter Afrique to improve the lives of the police by providing them with proper houses.

He said that the Government has decided to use a multi-sectoral approach, which is very effective and also successful whereby a performance based planning is done so that the contractor is required to maintain the road, so that if he/she did a shoddy job, they will spend more money from their pocket repairing the infrastructure which they built.

Those present in the forum included: Prof Kaimenyi, the Cabinet Secretary for Lands, Hon. James Macharia for Transport and Infrastructure, Ms Diarietou Gaye, World Bank Country Director, Kenya and Mr Ede Jorge Ijjasz-Vasquez, World Bank Director, Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience Global practice.

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