China funded road project in Kenya offers opportunities

Added On May 25, 2019

In Kenya, the Kibwezi-Kitui road offers to give Lower Eastern Kenya residents new economic opportunities, as well as an alternative route to Ethiopia.
China Report has more.
According to authorities, the ongoing construction of the Kibwezi-Kitui road is ahead of schedule with 80% of total works completed despite land acquisition challenges, and over 100 kilometers of the entire trunk highway covered so far.
SOUNDBITE(English): JACKSON OLE CHUTA, Kitui County Commissioner
"This actually will connect us to South Sudan and Ethiopia, so that we can do business with these counties together. Right now the completion of this road is about 80%."
The Kibwezi-Kitui road is set to be completed in February 2021, with 85% financial support from the Export-Import Bank of China and 15% from the Government of Kenya.
The road is expected to offer an alternative route from the Port of Mombasa to the lower and upper eastern regions of Kenya, as well as Ethiopia, decongesting the Nairobi-Mombasa Highway and improving the economic competitiveness of lower eastern counties.