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$600m Highway to Link Kenya, Tanzania
Malindi-Mombasa-Lunga Lunga-Tanga-Pangani-Bagamoyo Highway | Kenya/Tanzania Joint Infrastructure Project | $600 Million
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The East African Community is finalising plans for a transnational highway to link the Kenyan and Tanzanian coasts.

The 460km highway, expected to cost $600 million, will start in Malindi, pass through Mombasa and Lunga Lunga on the Kenyan side, across to Tanga, then on through Pangani and Saadani to Bagamoyo in northeastern Tanzania.

The road is hoped to increase regional trade by linking the port of Mombasa in Kenya to northeastern Tanzania.

The EAC’s principal civil engineer Hosea Nyangweso said the highway will unlock the potential of tourism, trade and shipping in the two countries.
“Designs for the road are in the final stages,” Mr Nyangweso told The EastAfrican.

He said the African Development Bank had agreed to fund the project and from early next year, it would allocate the first tranche of money. The construction is expected to take three years, and will start in early 2016.

The road is expected to boost regional integration, cross-border trade, tourism, and socio-economic development.

It will also improve road transport infrastructure along the Kenya and Tanzania coastlines, particularly between Mombasa and Bagamoyo.

The CEO of the Tanzania Association of Tour Operators (Tato), Sirili Akko, welcomed the project, saying the road offers holidaymakers a hassle-free trip to both coastlines.

“The coastline from Mombasa to Tanga and Dar es Salaam will eventually become a single tourism destination that tour operators could promote as an East African beach destination,” Mr Akko said.

Tanga, located on Tanzania’s northern coast close to the Kenyan border, is one of the oldest settlements along the East African coast.
 

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$600m Highway to Link Kenya, Tanzania
Malindi-Mombasa-Lunga Lunga-Tanga-Pangani-Bagamoyo Highway | Kenya/Tanzania Joint Infrastructure Project | $600 Million
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I am from Mombasa and I can tell you this is just hot air. The Dongo Kundu road, a highway with much higher ROI is yet to be built despite being conceptualized more than 6 years ago. How much manufacturing is there at the coasts of Kenya and Tanzania to warrant such an investment?

The economy of Coast is primarily services and the port of Mombasa...$600 million is a lot of pocket change....Maybe we need to see the business blueprint that is driving this project else....its just a mirage from the government....foolish promises to coastal people to buy favours.

First construct Dongo Kundu....then we can talk.

I am not anti development but to take coast people for a ride like this....its not fair! NKT!
 

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I agree.What is the point of coming up with another plan for a mega project yet others even smaller ones have not been implemented?Give us a break with these grandiose plans!This is just to create an impression that the government is doing a lot yet little is happening
 

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I agree.What is the point of coming up with another plan for a mega project yet others even smaller ones have not been implemented?Give us a break with these grandiose plans!This is just to create an impression that the government is doing a lot yet little is happening
You two sound naive when it comes to projects world over.Lapset was proposed in the 70s or 80s.it just started.Mostgovt projec s world over are proposed years before they are actually constructed.I live in the US,its the same here too.Dongo kundu bypass will prob commence soon.let all this proposals be on the table
 

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You two sound naive when it comes to projects world over.Lapset was proposed in the 70s or 80s.it just started.Mostgovt projec s world over are proposed years before they are actually constructed.I live in the US,its the same here too.Dongo kundu bypass will prob commence soon.let all this proposals be on the table
Same even in the Far East, projects don't just start the year they are proposed.
 

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You two sound naive when it comes to projects world over.Lapset was proposed in the 70s or 80s.it just started.Mostgovt projec s world over are proposed years before they are actually constructed.I live in the US,its the same here too.Dongo kundu bypass will prob commence soon.let all this proposals be on the table
You sound as naive as Kenyans if you believe this one will be fully implemented.You cannot compare Kenya with US or Far East in terms of implementation.Maybe our great great great grandchildren will see this come to reality
 

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If you've been following news in the last 10 years, you should have seen a growing interest in the African Development bank to fund international integration projects throughout the continent.Arusha - Athi River road, see the Great north road from cape town to Cairo through isiolo, see Isebania - Nadapal - South Sudan, Voi-Arusha...these are all cross border projects with some funding from the AfDB. The AfDB knows without efficient transportation factors of production cannot be moved. So from the strategy and concepts of the AfDB I believe this project squarely falls in their plan, intent and thinking. For me it's about when no if it will be built.
 

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I have lived in North America for 7 years and grew up in the UK...I know what I am talking about. Projects being announced are often supported by important information of interest to the public...including environmental impact, funding models and implementation period. Our projects on the other hand while well meaning....they are used for both political and economic reasons.....people may ask if THIKA road was viable or if an airport in Eldoret was necessary .....why infrastructure in Kenya's second most important city is so dilapidated ....some of our earlier projects defied economic wisdom....and most were politically inclined.....

So speaking from history alone, we in coast are very reluctant to embrace projects unless and until we see bulldozers on the ground....if this project is planned for 10 years from now...then let them say so....however, the announcement has an air of inevitability yet we know how far from the truth it potentially could be.....funding is our other problem....reason....we are biting more than we can chew?? Investors ask tough questions nowadays ....u need to demo substantive return on investment....else nobody gets interested....again I hope AFDB comes through.....don't get me wrong...I want the road to be constructed....but my head is winning the war over my heart

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From reading the full article, the construction will start in 2016, which means that this thing has been in the works for a long time, unless it's one of those projects that start without the requisite prep work.


You two sound naive when it comes to projects world over.Lapset was proposed in the 70s or 80s.it just started.Mostgovt projec s world over are proposed years before they are actually constructed.I live in the US,its the same here too.Dongo kundu bypass will prob commence soon.let all this proposals be on the table
 

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I am extremely skeptical.

I drove on Thursday from Kenya's second most important city (Mombasa) to Nairobi. I stayed in Mombasa for some days and I almost shed tears of anger, impotence. The state of roads in our second capital is an enduring shame for this country. It beggars belief that ALL the roads in Mombasa are ALL potholed: Kenyatta Avenue, Digo Rd, Moi Avenue, Makupa Causeway, etc ad nauseaum infinitum. ALL the roads are a nightmare to drive.

You land at a ***** and span airport (Moi) and suddenly you are rudely awakened to the aura of disaster (road-wise) the moment you exit the airport. The Makupa Causeway and Changamwe roads are completely decrepit: no wonder accidents happen every day.

You try driving from Mombasa to Nairobi, and until you get to Mtito wa Andei (270kms from Mombasa) you will be subjected to some of the most gut-wrenching potholes and craters you have seen in your life. Most accidents happen between Mariakani and Voi (where some of the road landscape can only be compared with the lunar surface).

I admire the resilience of our Coastal brothers: how they stomach all this theft and plunder of their resources. The last time Mombasa saw any serious road investment was in the Moi regime. Period.

We milk Mombasa port dry and in return zero investments.

My proposal: first ensure there is a good road between Mombasa and Nairobi, and then give us your flights of fancy later (Malindi-Tanzania highway, Dongo Kundu, etc).
 

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The point I was trying to make is that here we are reading about a massive project slated to start in less than two years (not enough time to do proper planning - feasibility studies, acquisition of right of way, etc.) and yet funding has been promised. We need more information on this project.

2016 may mean 2017 2018 and so on.We are hopeful but sceptical.Let us hope AfDB come through in a big way
 

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After spending five weeks in the motherland recently, I concluded that the towns and cities that heretofore had the best roads in the country, now seem to have the worst roads. Many of the inter-city roads seem to be in relatively good shape except for, as you have noted, parts of the most IMPORTANT road in the country.

I am extremely skeptical.

I drove on Thursday from Kenya's second most important city (Mombasa) to Nairobi. I stayed in Mombasa for some days and I almost shed tears of anger, impotence. The state of roads in our second capital is an enduring shame for this country. It beggars belief that ALL the roads in Mombasa are ALL potholed: Kenyatta Avenue, Digo Rd, Moi Avenue, Makupa Causeway, etc ad nauseaum infinitum. ALL the roads are a nightmare to drive.

You land at a ***** and span airport (Moi) and suddenly you are rudely awakened to the aura of disaster (road-wise) the moment you exit the airport. The Makupa Causeway and Changamwe roads are completely decrepit: no wonder accidents happen every day.

You try driving from Mombasa to Nairobi, and until you get to Mtito wa Andei (270kms from Mombasa) you will be subjected to some of the most gut-wrenching potholes and craters you have seen in your life. Most accidents happen between Mariakani and Voi (where some of the road landscape can only be compared with the lunar surface).

I admire the resilience of our Coastal brothers: how they stomach all this theft and plunder of their resources. The last time Mombasa saw any serious road investment was in the Moi regime. Period.

We milk Mombasa port dry and in return zero investments.

My proposal: first ensure there is a good road between Mombasa and Nairobi, and then give us your flights of fancy later (Malindi-Tanzania highway, Dongo Kundu, etc).
 

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You are right, JARIBU.

I also do not understand why we must depend on external sources for some of the investments in infrastructure needed in this country. If I was the Chief Executive, by tightening screws on corruption and reducing wastage in the country (ensure salaries are way more earthly and indicative of our collective wealth, sell all government cars except for the emergency services, the police and Army, manage government travel by decreeing economy for any flight less than 10 hours, better collection of taxation, reducing representation in Parliament - we need less than 200 MPs in this country, folks -) we will have saved a minimum of KES 200 billion that can be used (50%) for roads and railways.

This, Kenya, my friends, is a rich country. Sad that most roads in Nairobi and all the major cities, by the government's own admission, are decrepit.
 

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To add to the waste and all for political gains, the government now wants to build offices for MCA at billions of shillings. And more waste is going into building a residence for the Deputy President in Mombasa. As much as I think that Kenyan's are overtaxed, there are many areas where the government is losing on tax collections, especially in the Jua Kali sector. I have not looked at the latest employment figures in Kenya, but I think more than 70 percent (just a guess) of working Kenyans are in the informal or agricultural sectors. A vibrant taxing regime for these groups can bring even more revenue to the government coffers.

You are right, JARIBU.

I also do not understand why we must depend on external sources for some of the investments in infrastructure needed in this country. If I was the Chief Executive, by tightening screws on corruption and reducing wastage in the country (ensure salaries are way more earthly and indicative of our collective wealth, sell all government cars except for the emergency services, the police and Army, manage government travel by decreeing economy for any flight less than 10 hours, better collection of taxation, reducing representation in Parliament - we need less than 200 MPs in this country, folks -) we will have saved a minimum of KES 200 billion that can be used (50%) for roads and railways.

This, Kenya, my friends, is a rich country. Sad that most roads in Nairobi and all the major cities, by the government's own admission, are decrepit.
 

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I have lived in North America for 7 years and grew up in the UK...I know what I am talking about. Projects being announced are often supported by important information of interest to the public...including environmental impact, funding models and implementation period. Our projects on the other hand while well meaning....they are used for both political and economic reasons.....people may ask if THIKA road was viable or if an airport in Eldoret was necessary .....why infrastructure in Kenya's second most important city is so dilapidated ....some of our earlier projects defied economic wisdom....and most were politically inclined.....

So speaking from history alone, we in coast are very reluctant to embrace projects unless and until we see bulldozers on the ground....if this project is planned for 10 years from now...then let them say so....however, the announcement has an air of inevitability yet we know how far from the truth it potentially could be.....funding is our other problem....reason....we are biting more than we can chew?? Investors ask tough questions nowadays ....u need to demo substantive return on investment....else nobody gets interested....again I hope AFDB comes through.....don't get me wrong...I want the road to be constructed....but my head is winning the war over my heart

Only Time will Tell....Heaven or Hell

Just because the past has been grim doesnt mean the future will remain so. Funding for Dongo Kundu was secured but nothing has gone off the ground; that also affects Ngong road which is not at the coast.
You may have misgivings on the project but to completely dismiss the project is to miss the point.
 

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Just because the past has been grim doesnt mean the future will remain so. Funding for Dongo Kundu was secured but nothing has gone off the ground; that also affects Ngong road which is not at the coast.
You may have misgivings on the project but to completely dismiss the project is to miss the point.
I have not dismissed the project...I wish it succeeds brah. I am exercising caution and questioning a few things as a concerned citizen. I see many share my same sentiments but it doesn't mean we are right but it ensures we maintain a prudent and realistic disposition...believe me the optimists need the pessimists...it's all for the good of the motherland
 

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This road is long overdue. All nations of the world with a coastline has a similar road that opens up the whole coast line to people's settlement. If the government builds this road and resolves land issues along the coastline. It will open up a powerful economic corridor similar to Nairobi Metropolitan zone. with mines, beaches, marina's, ports, cities, golf estates, EPZs, casinos, rail depots, airports, long bridges, ship building zones. This would lead to massive employment, migration similar to Chinese or Dubai economies Doubling Kenya's GDP.
 

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This road is long overdue. All nations of the world with a coastline has a similar road that opens up the whole coast line to people's settlement. If the government builds this road and resolves land issues along the coastline. It will open up a powerful economic corridor similar to Nairobi Metropolitan zone. with mines, beaches, marina's, ports, cities, golf estates, EPZs, casinos, rail depots, airports, long bridges, ship building zones. This would lead to massive employment, migration similar to Chinese or Dubai economies Doubling Kenya's GDP.
Good points. Let's all hope it's not a mirage...we understand the final designs are at an advanced stage....advanced is not clear if we are removed from starting the projects in the next one year, three or five.....what interests me is to have some sort of timelines so that the public may require accountability. It's our money they are spending after all....let's hope for the best
 
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