The Ministry of Land, Housing and Urban Development has opened a 182-capacity lorry park at Maungu in Voi along the Nairobi-Mombasa Highway at the cost of KES320 million.Acting Lands Cabinet Secretary Dr Fred Matiang’i says the park will not only boost local businesses but will also help to reduce the number of accidents on the busy highway by offering rest rooms for long-distance drivers. The lorry park, which was officially opened by Deputy President William Ruto, will offer services to drivers of the more than 4,000 trucks which ply the highway.
The park has 70 rest rooms and 24 business premises. It will accommodate more than 600 lorry crews. “This is a massive opportunity to deal with unemployment. Allocation of the business premises in this park must be done with the highest transparency, with Maungu residents being given priority,” the deputy President said.
At the same time, Dr Matiang’i assured the residents that the long standing boundary dispute between the Tsavo National Park and the Taita-Taveta residents would soon be resolved. “The Ministry of land will soon carry out a survey in collaboration with area leaders to solve the border row once and for all, said the Acting land cabinet Secretary.
Taita-Taveta County estimates that 62 per cent of the region is under the conservancy. The residents have accused Kenya Wildlife Service of encroaching on community land. The dispute affects most parts of the Tsavo East and West conservancy, including Marungu, Alia, Kishushe-Ndi and Ndara.