Someone once said, “The easiest money to squander is Tax money.” Kenyan roads have for a long time suffered from poor results and incompletion due to mismanagement of government funds.
The Government will soon make payments for roads projects only after completion. The latest development in the road sector follows Cabinet approval of the Road Annuity Programme Fund, which will be implemented under a Public Private Partnership arrangement.
It will be a significant shift from the past practice as payments will only be linked to completion of roads. The Government has constantly come under sharp criticism for paying for road projects which are never completed.
President Uhuru Kenyatta chaired the Cabinet meeting at State House, Nairobi, yesterday. Under the annuity programme, a fund will be established to ensure the seamless financing of the roads sector from the design to development and maintenance of roads. This is expected to deliver value for money to citizens. Payments for services delivered by private contractors will be made from a Road Annuity Fund that will be established for the purpose of channelling resources meant for payments for the development of roads.