The Kenya Urban Roads Authority (KURA) is calling for bids for the periodic and routine maintenance of 30km of roads across the country to be taken up by disadvantaged persons. This is half of the 61 kilometres of roadwork tenders planned for construction in several parts of the country, including Voi, Kericho, Siaya and Kitale, among other areas in the 2014/2015 financial year.
According to KURA, bidders must be registered with National Construction Authority (NCA) and provide certified copies of registration certificates issued by the National Treasury or respective County Treasury. Kenya embarked on a huge roads infrastructure development programme that would see tarmac roads in the country almost double from 14,000km to 24,000km in the next three years. The programme set to be implemented through the annuity financing model will include three phases; first phase development of 2,000km, the second 3,000km and the third 5,000km. In addition, the projects are likely to be funded through private-public partnership structure as the government targets the private sector for financing.
In February 2015, Deloitte and Touche won a lucrative tender to serve as a lead transaction advisor for the government in constructing the second Nyali Bridge. In 2013/2014 financial year, government awarded more than KES500m worth of tenders to disadvantaged persons. This was part of the new procurement laws meant to provide the youth, women and persons with disability opportunities for State tenders.