Kenya Urban Roads Authority (KURA) and Kenya Rural Roads Authority (KERRA) are set to merge to become one if Kenya Roads Bill 2015 is passed into law. The two agencies will join to be Kenya National Secondary Highway Authority (KENSHA) and will see the expansion of Kenya National Highways (KENHA). According to the Ministry Transport and Infrastructure, the function of the two agencies will be taken over by county governments under the proposed law.
Through the proposed Kenya Roads Bill 2015 more funds will be allocated to the counties to maintain roads in their jurisdiction. The parliamentary committee on transport plans to hand over the functions of KERRA and KURA to county governments.
KENHA will get 40 percent of the total collections under the fuel levy with KENSHA getting 32 percent while counties will be allocated 15 per cent. The Kenya Wildlife Service has been pledged one per cent of the fuel.Members of the parliamentary committee have raised issue with some clauses of the planned law saying that it gives immense powers to the Cabinet Secretary in charge of Roads. In addition, the committee is expected to study the bill and make their recommendations before it is tabled in parliament.
FYI: National Trunk Roads are roads connecting two or more cities meant to carry safely large volumes of traffic at the highest speed of operation.