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Post Photos, Discussions, Development and Constructions in the Towns of Lodwar, Mandera and Wajir.^^
 

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Controversial Picture of Obama's Wajir Visit

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Mandera Success Story: Agriculture

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Wajir Airport



History
Wajir Airport was built by an Israel construction Company HZ between l977 and 1978, as a military airbase. On 7th September 2007 the Airport was officially commissioned by his Excellency the President Hon Mwai Kibaki to accommodate both civil and military aircrafts operations. The Airport is located about 5km West of Wajir town. It occupies a total of 566.48ha and there are plans underway to acquire more land for expansion purposes which would increase it to 801. 77ha the total Airport land.

The Airport has a 2.8km long runway designated as runway 15/33 and eight taxiways, which are already named A- H. The longest taxiway is A (Alpha) which is also parallel to the runway and of the same length.

The Airport which opens daily operations at 0630hours and closes at 1830 hours is open to propeller aircraft at its current state due to loose chips on the runways, taxiways and apron, and its restricted to jet engined aircraft for safety purposes.

It has a terminal building which houses both the arrivals and departure lounges, check in, screening areas and transit areas. The administration wing, police station, immigration, customs and port health are also housed in the same building .On the western side of the building is the borehole which is the only source of water for the Airport.

The control tower and crash gate and fire station are fifty metres south of the terminal building. The Airport accommodates two military camps within its perimeter fence.Airforce (F.O.B) camp is half a kilometre to the south while Army camp is almost the same distance to the west of the terminal building. Entrance to the Airport is through a single gate manned by armed military officers to double the security standards of the Airport.

It has a work force of about a hundred airport workers ,most of whom are from the police department .However ,several other agencies are represented in the Airport like KAA,KCAA,Immigration,Customs, NSIS,Porthealth.In this case the airport is able to handle international/domestic arrival and departure passenger/cargo aircrafts.
At the moment no passenger Airline has started operating at the Airport apart from Echo flight which lands twice every week to drop or pick its special passengers, mostly NGO'S staff. The other flights are either charter, cargo or military. The Airport handles an average of seven flights a day most of which are cargo.

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Kenya-Ethiopia highway to cost Sh12bn

Dream to link up Kenya and Ethiopia by road turns into reality.

By JUSTUS ONDARI Posted Monday, January 11 2010
Legend has it that besides being very close friends, Mzee Jomo Kenyatta and Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia had a common trait: aviophobia (phobia for flying). So, for them to visit each other without taking to the air, the two pals who have since passed on, decided to construct a road linking the two countries so they could drive to Nairobi and Addis Ababa.

The road is part of the so-called Cape to Cairo Road, the Pan-African Highway or as is sometimes known, the Great North Road of Africa. Emperor Selassie died in 1975 and Kenyatta three years later. But by the time of their passing on, Ethiopia had done its part while the road through the northern Kenyan desert has remained rugged and hostile as a result of both terrain and bandits. However, three decades later, their dream is turning into reality.

Coincidentally, the late Kenyan President’s son, Finance minister Uhuru Kenyatta, has just signed a Sh12.5 billion ($166.4 million) agreement with the African Development Bank (AfDB) to build the 123-kilometre road between Marsabit and Turbi, along the highway to Moyale Town, which borders Ethiopia.

“(The project) is aimed at improving the socio-economic situation of the people in the regions through which it will pass,” said Mr Kenyatta after signing the agreement in December last year, adding that water wells would be drilled in communities along the route. “The road will open up a vast territory ... (and) will greatly improve the flow of trade between the two countries,” the minister said of the road, which will enter Ethiopia through Moyale Town.

According to a trade policy expert with the Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM), Walter Kamau, the road is critical to Kenyan businesses because Ethiopia is an important trading partner. “With a population of over 80 million people (2008), Ethiopia’s sheer market holds great potential for Kenyan businesses. Infrastructure improvements will ease access between the two countries and is likely to boost Kenya’s exports to this single large market,” said Mr Kamau.

Although it is a member of the 19-nation Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa) trading bloc, Ethiopia has declined to join the Comesa Free Trade Area (FTA) but extends a 10 per cent discount to imports from other member states. Kenya’s efforts to negotiate for preferential duty rates with Ethiopia have been fruitless because such a move would affect other East African Community (EAC) partner states - Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi.

But the good news for local entrepreneurs is that, despite the challenges, the balance of trade between the countries is in their favour. For instance, Kenya’s exports to Ethiopia in 2008 were valued at Sh4.3 billion as opposed to an average of Sh201 million in imports from the latter.

Poor roads connecting the two countries have hampered trade between the two nations, especially the use of Mombasa port as an alternative to the Ethiopian sea trade. Ethiopia’s reliance on imports has made Djibouti port to serve 98 per cent of the country’s traffic which is about 85 per cent of the whole port traffic.

Exports to the African region
No wonder, despite Ethiopia’s huge market size, Kenya’s exports into Addis Ababa constitute an insignificant 3.9 per cent of its total exports into Comesa. Kenya’s exports to Comesa, which are currently valued at Sh111.3 billion, account for 68.5 per cent of its total exports to the African region, out of which the five-member EAC commands 51.6 per cent.

“This shows there is a great potential in growing Kenya’s exports into Ethiopia, which have increased by about Sh2 billion over the past decade,” said Mr Kamau. Among Kenya’s top exports to Ethiopia are soap and cleaning detergents, cooking fat, iron and its products, tobacco, insecticides and other chemicals, aluminium and sugars, molasses and honey. Others are vehicles, medicine (human and livestock), food and beverages, glass, construction materials, beauty care and health products.

However, PS in the Ministry of Transport Dr Cyrus Njiru says the Kenya-Ethiopia road link is part of a wider regional governments infrastructural network development. It aims at connecting the East and Central African region so it can compete for trade in the international market.

“The only way we can become and remain competitive is by having an efficient transport and communication system across the region. That is why governments in the region are investing heavily in infrastructure development,” Dr Njiru said. This view is shared by the manufacturers, which is part of a regional private sector initiative that is advocating for the upgrading of rail and road linking countries in East and Southern African.

“Transport costs in Eastern and Southern African countries are among the highest in the world and transportation is seen as more of a barrier to growth in sub-Saharan Africa than in any other region,” says Mr Gilbert Langat, KAM’s spokesman on infrastructure and chief executive of the Kenya Shippers Council.

It is not surprising that Kenya is implementing a carefully crafted infrastructure upgrading strategy aimed at connecting the country by air, rail and road to almost the entire the continent. “We want to raise Kenya’s profile as an important trade hub in the continent,” said Dr Njiru on ongoing efforts that include upgrading of Kenya’s airports to international standards such as the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in the capital Nairobi.
 

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Simply a small collection of photographs taken in and around the Wajir "boma" in the early 1960's.





 

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This is really cool that Wajir has a decent sized airport that received international status. It will be fully utilized once that area is developed. And to be honest, it seems to be in a better shape than most airports in the country.


 

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This is really cool that Wajir has a decent sized airport that received international status. It will be fully utilized once that area is developed. And to be honest, it seems to be in a better shape than most airports in the country.


Whats with the Rumours of the US military upgrades and installations at this Airport?..I heard Kenya is in the process of acquiring C-130s Transport planes, CHINOOK helicopters and spy drones all from the US and Wajir will be their base. Another scenario is some of the used IRAQ operation heavy equipment have been donated to Kenya and Wajir is their destiny....WAJIR is about to blow our minds.. Watch this space....
 

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Whats with the Rumours of the US military upgrades and installations at this Airport?..I heard Kenya is in the process of acquiring C-130s Transport planes, CHINOOK helicopters and spy drones all from the US and Wajir will be their base. Another scenario is some of the used IRAQ operation heavy equipment have been donated to Kenya and Wajir is their destiny....WAJIR is about to blow our minds.. Watch this space....
You are right on track buddy. The American surplus military hardware from the recently ended Iraq war is going to be decided upon soon. As far as the Wajir airport goes, it will be a major civilian/military airport for at least the next decade. The UN Security Council is keen on establishing Wajir airport as an AMISOM airbase to support military efforts to pacify Somalia. Look for the C-130 military cargo planes and the mighty B52 Flying Stratofortress bombers to touch down on that airfield. (it has a 2.5 KM runway).
The civilian portion of the airport will cater for the domestic & international air traffic dealing with mostly UNHCR sponsored flights.
 
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