ALFRED MUTUA pulls another first one and declares Machakos a pothole free County.

Machakos Governor Dr. Alfred Mutua has declared the county pothole free.

This declaration has come after three weeks of sealing the potholes in all key roads in Machakos, in an exercise that was led by the Governor and over 200 county staff.

''I want to assure motorists using roads in the County that the era of potholes is gone,'' said Mutua.

Yesterday , Mutua who spoke to journalists while witnessing the patching up of the last pothole on the tarmacked Machakos - Kangundo road  near Mutituni town, said that the county has set up a system to ensure there is not a single pothole in the roads.

"We as a people are good at building new roads and buildings but very bad at maintaining. This is what I want to change in Machakos," said, Mutua .

He added: "A pothole starts at the size of a coin, it is neglected and it grows to the size of a shoe, a wheelbarrow, a car and before you know it, you need to construct a new road."

Mutua said that in Machakos, a pothole on tarmac roads will not be allowed to last more than 36 hours.

"We have put our systems in place," Mutua said.

He added that no pothole will be seen on the roads in the county saying that a rapid response team to seal any pothole had been formed.

"To see a pothole on a tarmac road, one will need to travel out of the county. That I can assure you "said Mutua.

He announced a short code number 22502 will be used by wananachi to report any pothole that lasts more than 36 hours so that the Governor can "fire someone for sleeping on the job." 

“Wananchi can send a message to 22502 with details of the road and location of a pothole," said Mutua.

He added that the road repair and maintenance program is part of the Maendeleo Chap Chap paradigm.

Mutua said the ideology was also witnessing ongoing construction of 10 new tarmac roads and grading and maintaining to motorable levels over 3,000 kms of roads in Machakos County.

He said over 70,000 fatal accidents in Kenya have been blamed on potholes and the poor state of roads.

Mutua said the provision of quality services is one of the hallmarks of his leadership and which has been a pillar of his Maendeleo Chap Chap movement.

''It is possible for us in Machakos to have quality services. Inawezekana Na Itawezekana (It can be  done and  it will be done).”

At the same time Mutua assured the  Kathiani -Kakuyuni -Kangundo road which is being tarmacked  by his government will soon be complete. Mutua said that the road was 60 percent complete and will ease transport and communication between Kathiani and Kangundo.

Major roadworks are ongoing in various sub counties in Machakos and which will see over 20 key roads being upgraded. Mutua said his government had purchased its own road upgrading equipment adding this had drastically   reduced the cost of tarmacking the roads.

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