Does Kenya’s capital Nairobi really need the recently launched JKIA Expressway?

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    Construction of the recently launched JKIA-James Gichuru road Expressway project is set to start as the government of Kenya aims to reduce traffic jams in the capital Nairobi.

    The 27KM road which will have 10 interchanges, including the SGR terminus at JKIA, Eastern Bypass, Southern Bypass and Enterprise Road will be funded through a Public Private Partnership that will see Kenyans using the route by  paying Ksh 155 or more in toll fees upon its completion in 2021.

    However the viability of the project has been questioned by Kenyans and Financial experts terming it a ‘A project for the rich’

    “Who is the road made for? A selected few? Toll roads are generally expensive,” says Financial Expert George Kihumba.

    Kihumba adds that the project does not integrate the rest of the city’s transport system therefore losing its major goal of reducing gridlock in the city.

    In addition citizens have also raised concern on the amount being spent to construct the US $599 million project with chinese providing 75% of the funding that should be paid back in 30 years.

    The Expressway will also pass through the city’s recreation park raising more concern from the citizens who value the park as a memory for freedom fighting days and also a place to relax out of the busy city.

    Do you think this is the best way to decongest Nairobi?

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