A passageway across River Kablit has been completed by the Turkana County Government, to connect Kakuma, Letea, Moruanayeche, and Lokipoto in Turkana West.
The strategic drift also links Lokipoto and Nakitongo and also serves as a crucial Kenya-Uganda cross-border road.
The County Executive for Infrastructure, Transport, and Public Works, Patrick Losike, led a team of engineers on a site visit to inspect the project before its official opening for public use.
CECM Losike assessed various aspects that included standards and structural soundness in alignment with the project’s original Bill of Quantities (BQs).
Speaking during the inspection, CECM reaffirmed the county government’s commitment to facilitating trade and peacebuilding efforts through the provision of passage drifts and well-maintained roads.
Acknowledging complaints from the public and traders regarding losses, delays, and damages due to seasonal river overflows at River Kablit, he stressed the county’s dedication to fulfilling the Governor’s agenda to transform Turkana.
The Chief Officer for Infrastructure and Transport, Mark Achila, echoed what the CECM said in expressing optimism that the new drift would enhance access to education, healthcare, emergency response, and eventual urbanization.
Present during the site visit were Engineers Simon Nakucho and Jacob Kaboi. Isaac Ekaale (Accounts) and Jecinta Amana (Procurement).