The Government of Kenya and the European Union have pumped in Ksh 2.3Billion to upgrade major tourist roads in the Mount Kenya National Park, Tsavo East and the Aberdares. The roads project aims at improving access to and easing movement within the parks. This is expected to facilitate development of high-end eco-friendly sites and facilities to attract more tourists.
The Mt. Kenya roads project supported by the EU and the Kenyan government at a cost of Ksh400 million has seen major improvement of access roads along Kalalu Farm to Sirimon Gate and Old Moses Camp, and Naromoru Gate to Met Station Road; a stretch of 27km. The project was completed in 2018. Two other components of the project cover Tsavo East National Park and the Aberdares. In total, the project has cost about Sh2.3 billion, which includes an EU contribution of Sh1.5 billion. Works in Tsavo East were completed in 2015 while those in the Aberdares will be completed in 2019.
“This road project will open the Mount Kenya National Park to more visitors, including those who could never have managed the climb up to Old Moses, giving more people a chance to enjoy the magnificent views from this iconic mountain, while at the same time providing a sense of security due to the ease of access. This provides more opportunities for jobs within the tourism sector. We are happy to be part of this success story,” said Stefano Dejak, EU Ambassador to Kenya.
In supporting the improvement of roads within Kenya’s national parks, the EU hopes that this will improve security in the parks, enhance ability for Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) to patrol the national parks, monitor and protect wildlife, and reduce emergency response times for mountain climbers.
Chief Administrative Secretary in the Ministry of Transport Chris Obure said: “The EU’s continued support in critical areas of Kenya’s economy is helping the country look towards achieving critical milestones set out in the Government’s Vision 2030 and the Big 4 Agenda. The government is fully committed to providing inclusive, reliable, affordable and sustainable transportation, housing and access to water and energy, and supporting the country’s vision to become a regional energy and transport platform.”
In the 2018 Joint Corporation Strategy, EU development partners in Kenya reiterated their support to Kenya’s infrastructure projects with a focus on energy, transport, water and sanitation, housing and urban development.