Three Elgeyo Marakwet Wards Purchase Ksh75.5 Machinery


Elgeyo Marakwet County has acquired road construction machinery worth Ksh75.5 million that will be used in three Wards.

Chepkorio Ward purchased a grader worth Kwh16 million, Lelan Ksh20 million while Soy North and Moiben-Kuserwo Wards went for excavators which costed Ssh20.5 million and Ksh19 million respectively.

Governor Wisley Rotich on Thursday presided over the handing over of the two graders and two excavators in Chepkorio Ward Office, Emsea, Cheptongei and Labot.

The machinery were purchased through funds allocated to the Wards.

One of the roads construction equipment handed over by Governor Rotich.
One of the roads construction equipment handed over by Governor Rotich.

This makes the number of road construction equipment acquired for the Wards to five since another excavator worth Ksh15 million was delivered to Soy South Ward two months ago.

Speaking during the handover, Governor Rotich said cost of roads construction and maintenance in the Wards will reduce by upto 75 per cent since the Wards will only be financing for fuel and maintenance of the machinery.

Roads and school fields

The machinery, he added, will be used to grade and levelise school fields and athletics training grounds.

Purchasing these road construction machines was a well thought idea. The cost of doing roads will be more cheaper. We are not going to forget about hours that has been a darling of contractors. It is over,” Rotich said.

Governor Rotich drives one of the machinery during handing over ceremony.
Governor Rotich drives one of the machinery during handing over ceremony.

He further urged the residents to consider funding projects that could transform their livelihoods instead of splitting Ward funds into hundreds, which according to him, such projects would not impact the lives of the residents.

Now that you are done with road construction equipment, I urge you to prioritise a project like one of the hospitals,” the County vise said.

Channel funds enough to equip with machines, make one of the health centres a state of the art and in the next financial year, you go for another project,” he said at Cheptongei.

MCAs John Kimeli, Simon Chepseba, Hillary Kiplagat and Priscilla Kurgat commended the governor for what they termed as workable and involving approach.

We have one of the listening leader in our you. We are going to support your manifesto is a achieved, ” said Chepkorio Ward representative John Kimeli.

A machinery that one of the wards purchased.
A machinery that one of the wards purchased.

Soy North Ward MCA Simon Chepseba said road construction consumed most of their Ward allocation funds, a similar sentiment echoed by his Moiben-Kuserwo counterpart Hillary Kiplagat.

We have now reduced this through the acquisition of the excavator. We will utilise the remaining in other projects,” he said.

Further, Soy South MCA Jonah Tanui said the Ward was already enjoying the services of their excavator.

We will open roads in every village. We are just starting and very soon all parts of the Ward will be accessible.”

Moreover, MCA Kurgat said they will immediately embark on grading their roads and focus on other projects.

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