Implementation of infrastructural development projects in Eldoret town and surrounding areas have not only enhanced road network and connectivity but also security and promoted a good environment for doing business, Uasin Gishu County Executive Committee Member for Roads, Transport, Energy, and Public Works Engineer Gideon Birir.
Eng. Birir further says with a better environment to do business, the county has been able to attract more investors.
The CECM says his team of engineers has always ensured the delivery of quality and sustainable projects which include lighting and standard roads.
Shadrack Juma, one of the seasoned traders in Eldoret town, recounts how security was a major challenge before the devolved system of governance came into place.
He says infrastructural projects under the leadership of Governor Jackson Mandago have played a big role in improving security along Juma Harjee building to Sosiani Building commonly referred to by the traders as ‘Yellow Road’ a stretch he said stealing and mugging were the order of the day before the devolved unit enhanced security.
Juma who operates several boutique shops in the town’s central business district noted that many customers used to lose their belongings and valuables to the pickpockets but since devolution came, things changed for the better.
“Right now, you can see people walk freely and safely and we don’t hear cries of those whose phones and handbags have been snatched. Mandago has really tried to remove congestion in town. The cases of theft are not common as they used to be,” said Juma.
Juma says things also changed in estates where thieves used to thrive, mentioning Nyathiru area, Tairi Mbili to Joy land, Asis area, Maili Nne center, Kona Mbaya in Langas estate as some of the areas he used to hear frequent stories of robbery.
With the support of development partners among them World Bank, the County Government of Uasin Gishu has been able to refurbish Eldoret town backstreets as well as tarmacking of several key roads within the town.
All key roads leading into Eldoret town also have walking paths and street lights, making it easier for the movement of people.