Lamu’s Mtangawanda road sets for repairs at ksh.140m

Lamu’s Mtangawanda road sets for repairs at ksh.140m

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The national government has allocated Sh.140 Million for the carpeting and repair of the main Mtangawanda road that connects Faza, Siyu, Pate and Kizingitini in Lamu East sub-county.

The over 100 Kilometer Mtangawanda road is the only one that connects the various small islands in the region but has been in bad shape for some time.

Lamu East MP Athman Shariff said on Thursday logistics were being put in place to ensure the work begins as soon as possible .

“Locals have been complaining about the bad state of the road and as leaders too we have witnessed the same whenever we make our trips around. We now have Sh.140 Million allocated and work shall begin very soon,”said Shariff.

Elsewhere, the county government has set aside Sh.30 Million for renovating the Mokowe hospital this year.

Lamu governor Issa Timamy said the main aim was to ensure the hospital is upgraded to the referral level.

Addressing journalists in Lamu on Monday, Timamy said he was aware of the current poor condition the hospital.

Patients were being forced to seek medical attention elsewhere due to the poor condition and lack of major amenities at the health facility.

“We want to ensure this hospital reaches the referral level. We have already set aside Sh.30 Million for renovations and service improvement. We plan to do more in coming days. We plan to improve health care provision in the county,” said Timamy.

The county government of Lamu has also spent Sh.50 Million to expand the only mortuary at the Mpeketoni sub district hospital.

The current mortuary has been small and has in most cases been forced to store eight times the number of bodies expected.